Sarah's Mei Mei

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My Mom = Blogging Slacker :-)

Well since mom hasn't posted a good post in a while, I thought I would update everyone with the going-ons of Maddy.

First things first, that girl can talk up a storm!!! All she does is talk now and we can't get her to stop. I feel like I have a mini-me in the talking arena. We are all really enjoying the outdoors lately since the weather is finally starting to heat up. I can't wait for the pool to be warm enough to get in.

Mom updated me on some news last night that now not only has Maddy's bookbag been taken from "school" so has her pillowcase? Who steals from a 3 year old?.... seriously people, get a life.

Maddy LOVES to take pictures. I think this might be an understatement. Mom and Marty first got her a real digital camera (what was Marty thinking?), but she can't really work it very well so they got her a Dor*a the E*xplorer camera instead. It's more like the Fish*er Pr*ice cameras for little kids. She takes pictures of everything and anything. She really focuses on the dogs though from what I've seen.

Maddy loves her flip flops, but the poor girl trips herself all over the place trying to wear them. However, I find this entertaining and love watching her try to wear my favorite type of shoe.... she's my little sister, she'll get it.

So Maddy made a "gonkey"/donkey in church a few weeks ago.... and mom threw it away. Lol. However, we love asking her to tell us what animal it is because she promptly replies "it's a gonkey!" like we should know that already.

Maddy thinks she's saying words correctly, but she really isn't. We figured this out because Marty likes to repeat things back to her how she says them, for instance strawberlly juice, and she says "no Daddy, say it right!" and so we say Strawberry and she says "yeah". Also, when you try to correct something she says she tells you that she did say it right no matter how many times you try to tell her she didn't. That girl has some tenacity.

On the home front, Mom had some of her bloggy friends over today for Margaritas and some guac. (ewwwww) while Marty and I went to Ohio State's Spring Game. 95,000+ people turned out for the very entertaining game. The grey team won. However, Marty's truck got towed from my own parking lot. What made me so upset is that there were only two other cars in the lot and the lot holds 10 cars. The company that towed him is the same company that refused to tow the extra car from our lot in December forcing me to park 2-3 blocks away and walk home at 12:30 pm by myself, in the snow. To put the icing on the cake, when leaving the parking lot of this tow truck company, somehow I managed to get a flat tire :-(
Well, I'll leave you with some pictures and try to keep everyone updated.
Maddy taking pictures of Brinkley

Maddy and Daddy driving

THE oval on a sunny day

Marty and I at Spring Game

Buckeye's Spring Game 2009, 95,000+ in attendance

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Firecracker Bows

I'm trying to win these bows from She makes AWESOME bows and I have a pair of flip flops from her that i just adore! Don't forget you can enter too!

Check out these adorable Firecracker Clippies!They are the next bows in our June "Great Bow Giveaway". Keep them both for yourself or give one to a friend!

These clippies retail for $3 each if you'd like to place an order and can be made with any color you choose!Hurry up and enter for a chance to win just in time for 4th of July!This month you can get up to 4 entries in the giveaway!

1. Get one entry for emailing your name and address to

2. Get one entry for posting a message and link on your blog or website about this give away and Sara Beth Bows. (email with the link to your blog after you have posted)

3. Get one entry for referring a friend to the giveaway (friend must mention your name when they enter)

4. Get one entry for placing any order between 5/29/08 - 6/22/08
The June "Great Bow Giveaway" starts 5/29/08 and ends at 8:00 pm on 6/23/08. Entries will be accepted up until 8:00 on 6/23/08.Anyone can enter, no purchase necessary to win.

To enter: email your name and address to*don't forget the other ways to get up to 4 entries!!!

Monday, March 31, 2008

1st Love You goes to MEEEE!!!

You can tell my itter bitter sister loves me... because she tells me so!!! i was the proud recipient of the first unprompted "love you" from my miss maddy last night :-) YAY ME! She and I got to spend quality time together eating my "sgetti" which was mostly eaten by the TWO YEAR OLD! little piggy! i asked her if she was full and she goes "yup".... then "dite!" aka bite about two seconds later. that girl loves her sgetti... i barely got half of it and it was the first thing i had really eaten all day! hehe thats why i love her and why shes my miss new booty... speaking of she was walking around without pants on (of course) and she has a butt!!! WOO HOOO!!! i'm so excited! haha only i would love something like that

on the school front, everything is going well. just started biochem 511, micro 581, and spanish 104 :-(. I start my kaplan courses for my DAT on thursday too. full courseload this quarter i'll tell you. and it doesn't help that berkley and i haven't been feeling the best. on the boyfriend front, still no one i deem good enough to date me right now. Ryan, aka love of my life, broke up with his "whatever" as his mom calls her. This whatever happens to be one of my former best friends from high school. I was way way way excited to hear this news and Ryan and I hung out a couple of days after they broke up. He broke up with her by the way. However, I hadn't heard from him since then and it was a bit awkward so i was waiting to see what happened. It turns out, theyre thinking of getting back together..... booo her. So i guess ill just have to wait for them to break up again unless anyone has some great ideas on how to keep them apart :-) ????? I'm evil i know


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Final Paper

Okay here it is.. its not amazing and im sorry if i interpreted/ took liberty with anything you said! i didnt really mean it lol. thanks for all the help! yall are amazing

Adopting a New World
Throughout this quarter, we have read many books describing the immigrant experience of women from Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. However, I chose to interview women from the Netherlands, Australia, and the New Zealand to gather their perspective on being an immigrant in the United States. The results could not have differed more from the stories that we read in class, but they were the same as well.
The general perspective of America, it seems, from all countries is that everyone has money, is perfect, and as Sandra from the Netherlands stated, “that everything was big.” As with the immigrants in the books we read, the majority of the perceptions comes from television shows and gives these people a false hope of a better life with “roads… paved with gold.” Unlike the Middle Eastern and Asian immigrants such as Jane in Jasmine, all of these people came to the United States legally. One thing that these people had in common with many of our guest speakers was that they came over for their husbands or stayed in the United States because they met their husbands here.
One common theme I saw in the interviews I conducted was that many of the people were not satisfied with our public transportation systems or our public health systems. This differed from some of the books we read where health care was not even available in the countries. One example of this was with Farah and how she had to be transported to Germany to have her leg fixed when it was blown up by a land mine. She then had to have a wooden foot glued onto her prosthetic because she could not afford a new lightweight one. However, when she came to America she was given free health care and she was able to get a new prosthetic leg, although she had to wait months to receive it. The general consensus from my interviews was that our country has a “lack of health care” as stated by Hayley. In the book Polite Lies, the main character was shocked to learn that in Japan, her home country, that the doctors would withhold information about things such as cancer. This is viewed as a way to let the patient live a full life. However, as an American, and it seems the author agreed, that having the information disclosed was an advantage to possibly beating the cancer at hand.
As we learned in class, it takes a long time to get a green card, no matter what country you are from. It took thirteen years for Sandra from the Netherlands to obtain her green card and Fliss and Hayley are not hopeful of obtaining their green cards at all. However, their children will have dual citizenship, even their adopted daughters from China.
Discrimination is more prevalent for “different looking” immigrants from places like Afghanistan and China, especially with the recent terrorist attacks in the past years. The only discrimination that the women I interviewed experienced is based on their physical appearance in weight. As Hayley replied to the question “have you been subject to any discrimination in America,” “Hell yes… more than you would ever have imagined. I am a ‘larger’ lady and I had NEVER experienced discrimination because of my weight before… “This is a discrimination that people even American born have to deal with on a daily basis, but the general consensus was that other countries are more laid back about appearances. This can be seen with America’s amount of plastic surgery compared to other countries. In addition, these women are not discriminated upon by dress or appearance alone because they appear to be American from the outside. In every story that we read, the character had some type of discrimination against them. The most memorable one was in Funny in Farsi, where the main character was asked to calm another lost child down since they looked the same. However, they were not from the same country and did not speak the same language.
As immigrants, I thought it would be interesting to hear the women’s opinions on immigration into America. In general, it seems that they all had about the same opinion. That they were okay with it as long as it was done legally. This differs from the promoted idea that immigration into America should be stopped since Americans view that they are losing their jobs and land to “foreigners.” This idea strikes me as funny since everyone in this country started off as immigrants as well. I also found this interesting as the last story we read, Jasmine, the main character came over to America illegally on a boat although she originally planned to immigrate legally. I also found it interesting that with our guest speakers, that the visas had to be obtained on the basis of returning to the original country. In addition, most of the characters and guest speakers like Carmen that moved here illegally, did it to support their family or because they felt like they had no other choice, versus the legal immigrants who mostly came over either for school or they stayed here because of their husbands.
One of the interesting things I found that was common among the books, guest speakers, and the interviews was how the people changed once they moved to America. The most prevalent answer was that the immigrants had to become more independent. In the books, this was shown mostly by the children having to communicate for their parents, translate, pay bills, etc. We could also see this with the younger immigrants and first generation Americans, such as Olivia, that were our guest speakers as well. Since the women I interviewed were older, most of their family has stayed in their home countries, so they did not have this issue to deal with, just being independent for themselves.
Another common theme among these women is that, as Hayley states, they have become “more neurotic” and care more about their appearance. Many of the immigrant women from places that traditionally wear head coverings stopped following this tradition once they moved to our country. Also, they start to become more about promoting the singular person and not the community. This was prevalent in Polite Lies where the character had trouble speaking in Japanese because she did not want to offend anyone by speaking her opinion. She also did not want to sign the papers allowing her father’s estate to go to her stepmother, giving up anything she would inherit.
With the unrealistic views foreign-born people have of America, it does not surprise me that they have some culture shock when they arrive. Most have seen television shows with either beautiful people and places or pamphlets of the same. When they come here, they seem surprised that we have “ghettos” as well and that we are not clean. Fliss was shocked “that it was dirty on the highways” and that she would see people “walking and throwing garbage (trash) on the ground etc and not think twice about it.” When Farah and her mother moved to America, they were expecting a large apartment with many utilities, utensils, and commodities at their disposal. However, they were shocked that they just had a small apartment. Jasmine was shocked as well at the dirty hotel half-face took her to when they arrived in America.
I asked the women that I interviewed if they were judged differently because they were adopting from another country besides America, since they are from another country as well. However, all three of the women had the same response that they have not had any additional issues with the adoption process, at least none that differ from what my family has gone through. The main issue most people have is that there are so many children needing families in the United States, why adopt from another country. I feel that these women may also have a bit of feeling that is similar to Jasmine’s feelings towards her adopted son from Vietnam, that they might have someone to relate to in the family. Just like in the town where Jasmine was living as Jane, most of the international families have not had any issues as to discrimination.
The most interesting differences that I found were the overall opinion of America once the immigrants arrived. I feel that this has to do with the development of the country that the immigrants were coming from. New Zealand, Australia, and the Netherlands are all mostly equal to the United States economy wise. With these immigrants, they were not awed by America and their living situation here. This is in contrast to the immigrants that we had speak from places like Mexico, Japan, China and the books that we read about these countries as well as Middle Eastern countries as well. These immigrants were coming from less economically developed countries, where the everyday person does not equal to what we consider middle class. To people like Farah and Jasmine, simple things like glass windows and bathrooms seem elegant and a huge step up from where they were in their lives.
The most common thing I noticed between all of these women is a split between being American and being their original nationality. All of the women miss certain things about their home countries and have certain dislikes about America, the most common being our health system and how self-absorbed people are.
Through my interviews, listening to the guest speakers, and reading the books in this class, it amazes me that most Americans just assume the immigrant experience is the same for each person. If we interviewed men from the same countries, same age, and the same experiences, we would have a different perspective on the immigrant experience as well. The only thing that I believe that these immigrants would have in common is the hyphenated life of being Japanese-American or Chinese-American. An immigrant experience can not be assumed by knowing the person’s nationality alone, it fully depends on their life stories and the experiences they have gone through.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

three words

My three words to describe my week are : I MISS YOU!!!

Batch Culture

Mom did this thing where you have to reach to the closest book, turn to page 123, find the 5th sentence and post the next three. Well my closest book was Microbiology. Yay! Not!! well, here it is.

Because no fresh medium is provided during incubation, nutrient concentrations decline and concentrations of wastes increase. the growth of the microorganism reproducing by binary fission can be plotted as a the logarithm of the number of viable cells versus the incubation time. the resulting curve has four distinct phrases.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

OMG my little man is growing up!

So i was looking at pictures from november. WOW how maddy and berkley have changed!!! Maddy's hair has gotten so long and she has become so independent (to the point she is driving mom insane!!!). And my little man has gotten so big... well not big but big for him!!! He was so ittttty bitttty when he was a baby! So on a sad note... momma and maddy are sick!!! Awww . I feel so bad that they dont feel well... Well back to studying. i have three exams, two projects, and a book to read this week!!! AHHH!!! and i have to find a dress for formal on saturday!



maddy around thanksgiving time... i was harry potter brainwashing her
berkley at thanksgiving
berkley now

Thursday, February 07, 2008


well lets just say im psyched that i dont have to clean my apartment... like i ever do! lol. So school has been really busy, I just scheduled last night and i got the three classes i wanted. I'm done by 1130 on tuesday, thursday, and friday and 430 on monday and wedn. I got to meet my little sister Katie last night. and the girl lives in the GHETTTO!!!! i was scared for my life! lol. Shes very nice though as is her mom. i'm so excited to be part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters association offically! I hope i'm a good match for her, her last two matches ditched the family and just stopped calling and they couldn't reach them. I fully intend on being a great big sister. i hope everyone is having a great chinese new years and i'm breaking my lent (no soda, no eating out) to get some chinese tonight. i'm a bit late i know, but its the best i can do. I hope you all have a great day!
my ouchy toe... its all bruised and black and blue and fun colors on the bottom
Berkley man trying to get the camera
hes metro not gay!!! he does love the pink curtains though
here he is cuddlign with them again
up close and personal with the cutest little man on the planet!!!