Archive for November 20th, 2008

The Petty Officer Sticks To The Tasks At Hand

My recent demotion has reprioritized my duties here at the quarters.  Accordingly, I’ve decided to include some updates regarding previous tasks I have undertaken.

First up is The Hair Growth Challenge .  As you may recall, back in August I started taking Propecia to combat my male pattern baldness.  I’ve officially been on the drug for three month and thus far the results have been mixed.  At first I felt absolutely nothing.

After about a month the tingling began.  I awoke one morning to find a mild tingling sensation all over my scalp.  This continued every morning for about four days.  I don’t really know how to describe the feeling, the best I can do is equate it to the gentleman in the shower from the old Denorex commercials.

Since that week I haven’t felt any additional tingling.  As far as a visible difference, I have yet to notice any change.  Meg says she can tell a slight difference, but I think her wifely duties require her to say something to that effect.  Seeing as I shouldn’t expect to see any effects for 6-12 months, I’ll stay patient.  Besides, as long as there are no flipper babies I should be good.1

Next up you may notice a new button on the side bar that was added today.  With the holidays just around the corner, I have again posted a link to an Amazon wish list.  I’ve created a wish list the past couple of years mainly for family members struggling with X-mas gift ideas for me.  The only reason I’m bringing this up is because my mom has recently started visiting this site, and I thought this would be helpful for her.  But anyone can feel free to purchase anything on the list for me.  Wink.

Speaking of wish lists, another one of my challenges is being held up due to logistics.  My Carlsberg Taste Test Challenge started with a bang back in June, and has since come to a grinding halt.  I’ve have been unable to locate any of the other five brands of Carlsberg.  So anyone who know a good specialty beer importer please give me a heads-up.

Finally, I’m sad to report that the Year of Focus has thus far been less than successful.  Maybe I should rename it the Year of Trying to Focus, because that’s how it has gone.  Life has been pulling me in many different directions this year, and I’ve been struggling to hold everything together.  I’ve had a hard time keeping my footing in 2008; the ground keeps changing underneath me.

I don’t want to make it sound like this year has been a disaster.  Far from it.  I have been able to make several positive changes this year, and I’ve enjoyed myself overall.  2008 has been a good year thus far, just not the one that I envisioned.  To that end, I have decided to spend the rest of my Year of Focus concentrating on securing more stable footing.  Hopefully my efforts will put me in a great position to begin 2009 on the right path.


The Petty Officer

1  Well, there have been a few flipper babies…

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