Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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razz51I'm just folding this goal

into the other one about my Mom. Sigh. 8 years ago

razz51time crunch

So today I had a half-day at school. But it ran late and I didn’t get to eat lunch until 2:30, which pushed back my workout until 3:30. I had to cut it short to get home to fix an early dinner for mom. I didn’t want to. I was already at the gym and I have only 3 days each week when I can go. But I told myself there will come a day when I would give anything for another dinner with mom. So I came home and made pepper steak for her. She ate it all, so I guess it was ok. 8 years ago

razz51Mom's more herself today

She was happier, in less obvious pain, and not cranky. I think she’s just old. Still, I never know which Mom will show up each day. It’s a little like living with someone with multiple personalities! 8 years ago

razz51No solution

I’m doing the best I can but I know from previous experience taking care of a geezer, there are no good solutions. Mom is 96 and doing pretty well, considering her age and a recent heart attack. But she irrates easily, is demanding without realizing she is doing this and is easily confused. So she gets mad at saving $70 on a recent prescription that went generic. And she rails at the TV, being stubborn and even acting ignorant when I know what is really angering her is her own limitations.

Now that school has started she’s alone a large part of the day. I don’t know if the dogs are company or agony for her. It’s hard to tell. When she complains I tell her to shut them up in the back of the house, but she won’t and if I do, she lets them out. Argh!

She has outlived all her friends and siblings and I don’t know how to compensate for that. I just wanted to make her last years comfortable, in my home, not among strangers, and I fear I’m not doing a good job of it. 8 years ago

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