Planned Parenthood’s List of Recommended Vaccines

While waiting for my HPV vaccine yesterday, I checked out a pamphlet detailing a list of vaccines I should get and what they entail.  I don’t know what half the stuff means, but here it is:

1. tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis: substitute Tdap for Td booster the first time, then boost with Td every 10 years

2. HPV: 3 doses, recommended for ages 9-26

3. varicella: 2 doses

4. MMR: 1 or 2 doses

5. pneumococcal (polysaccharide): 1 or 2 doses

6. hepatitis A: 2 doses

7. hepatitis B: 3 doses

8. meningococcal: 1 or more doses

9. zoster: 1 dose, recommended for ages 65 and up

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HPV Vaccine Part 2 of 3 at Planned Parenthood Potrero Hill

I went to Planned Parenthood Potrero Hill today for part 2 of 3 HPV vaccine shots.  The actual injection process took about 15 seconds, but the wait beforehand lasted 3 hours.  (This particular Planned Parenthood clinic does not take appointments, so patients are seen on a first-come first-served basis.)  The place is so understaffed I’m surprised they haven’t done anything about it.  I have to go back for the final part of my HPV vaccine in 4 months.

My assessment of Planned Parenthood is the same as before: if you have time to kill, the free service and friendly staff are worth the wait.

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Law School Advice from my Law School’s Director of Career Planning

I met with my law school’s director of career planning yesterday, and he gave me some resources for learning more about legal career options.  Here they are:

1. law school alumni associations–some alumni associations have mentorship programs that facilitate communication between current students and alumni.  If said mentorship program does not exist at your school, it’s probably most useful to contact the head of the alumni association for information.

2. The Martindale Directory–an extensive directory of law firms and lawyers in the US.  Lawyers can be found via name, firm, location, and/or alma mater.

3. state bar member directories–another way to locate and get in touch with lawyers.

4. LinkedIn group–joining your school’s LinkedIn group is a way to find alumni and keep abreast of job openings offered by your school.

5. Nutshell Series–a series of books designed to give overviews of each class you take in law school; particularly useful during first year of law school.

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July 24, 2011 PostSecret Favorite: Wishing Food Didn’t Have Calories

PostSecret is a weekly blog featuring homemade postcards portraying people’s secrets.  The postcards are mailed anonymously, and the secrets range from cute and funny to pathetic and heartbreaking.  I stumbled across PostSecret in 2005 and became hopelessly addicted.  To commemorate my six-year anniversary of PostSecret addiction and because some secrets are too awesome, crazy, or stupid to be forgotten, I am going to pick my favorite secret from the blog each Sunday and share my thoughts on it.

This week’s favorite: Wishing Food Didn’t Have Calories

Yeah, and I believe my problems would be solved if fat, ugly, stupid, and/or homeless people didn’t exist.  But they do.  And so do calories.  Maybe it’s time for her to accept her shitty metabolism and dysfunctional hypothalamus for what they are and move on.  Not everyone can have an awesome Asian metabolism.

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July 24, 2011 Spelling Fail: Emergancy Note

From today’s PostSecret:

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Super Poop 16: Skid Mark on Gray Briefs

The Boyfriend came home a few days ago trailing another epic wall of stink.  It was one of those smells where you already know it’s not going to look good before you see it.  And here’s what it looked like:

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Going to Maryland This Weekend

We’re flying to Maryland this weekend for the Boyfriend’s friend’s wedding.  I’m looking forward to hot East Coast weather and an awesome wedding party.

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Dinner at Rendezvous Tapas Lounge

The Boyfriend had a $25 for $50 Popsugar City coupon for Rendezvous Tapas Lounge, so we had dinner there last night.  We ordered seven tapas (including dessert) and three drinks.  This may sound like an excessive amount of food, but their portions were conservative, and we ended up eating almost everything.

Here’s my assessment:

Red Lentil Soup–rich and tasty.  The coconut milk made the lentil soup pleasantly creamy.

Steamed Fresh Mussels with fries–the best dish of the night, in my opinion.  The mussels were soft, the fries were fresh and crisp, and the sauce was delicious (we ended up dipping the fries in it).

Lamb Sliders–warm and lamby tasting.

Octopus Carpaccio–we were hesitant about this as we expected it to be rubbery.  The server told us that the octopus would be thinly sliced, tender, and not rubbery at all—and she was right.  The meat was good, and I liked the small grapefruit slices they put on top of the carpaccio, but I would’ve enjoyed the whole thing more if it hadn’t been drenched in olive oil.

Charcuterie Plate–decent but nothing special.

Chicken Skewers–tasty and more like meatballs than skewers.  They would do well to rename it accordingly.

Dessert Sampler Trio–included Orange Blossom Beignets, Flourless Chocolate Torte, and Strawberry Clafoutis.  The beignets were the best.

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Law School Advice From an Immigration Paralegal

I had juice (I would say that I had coffee, but I actually had a Snapple) today with a paralegal who works for an immigration firm in Silicon Valley.  She gave me some advice about what to do in law school and how to pick a field of practice.  Here’s the gist of what she told me:

1.  If you want to make money after graduation, pick a field that is always in demand.  Tax law is a good one.

2. In-house and government lawyers tend to have the most reasonable hours.  Some bankruptcy lawyers, for some reason, also have reasonable hours.

3. If you work for a big firm, your work will not seem very important, as you’ll be filing papers for your superiors for the first few years.  If you work for a boutique firm, you will have more direct impact on the cases you’re assigned.  People in general like to feel important, so a job at a boutique firm will probably make you happier than a job at a big firm.

4. During law school, don’t let other people’s study habits influence yours.  Be honest with yourself about how much you need to study.  If it only takes you one hour per day of studying to make good grades, don’t trick yourself into studying more than you need to.  On the other hand, if you’re not making the grades you want, you need to study more and smarter.

5.  During fall semester of first year, you should research some firms you may be interested in working for after graduation.  Get in touch and try to schedule an informational interview with an associate from each of the firms.  If you decide that you want to work for any of the firms after first year, send them your resume.  This is the best way to get in touch with a potential employer; if you establish a personal connection with someone within the firm, you won’t be sending your resume into a void later on.

6.  If, for whatever reason, you decide that you don’t want to be an attorney after law school but still want to work in the legal field, you can work as a paralegal or a judicial clerk.  With many firms, you will be first in line (ahead of experienced paralegals) for a head paralegal position simply because you have a J.D.  And head paralegals often earn as much as junior associates.

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Matte Gold Earrings From Adorna Bella

The Boyfriend bought these earrings from Adorna Bella for my birthday.  I like them because they’re big and they jangle.

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