Baby Shower at Chronicle Books

Baby Shower at Chronicle Books

One of my managers threw me a baby shower at work last week. If you haven’t noticed by now, Chronicle Books knows how to party.  I feel like an exceptionally spoiled pregnant lady. The party was so sweet. Co-workers wrote bits of advice for me and Russell on adorable cards, brought gifts of their favorite … Continue reading

Babymoon in Santa Cruz

Babymoon in Santa Cruz

A babymoon is typically a trip that expecting moms and dads take together before the baby arrives. But I think it’s just as applicable with friends.  It’s going to be a while until I can travel again with my girlfriends, and it’s one of my favorite things to do. So lucky me that my friends planned … Continue reading

Maternity Shoot Outtakes

Maternity Shoot Outtakes

Here are some outtakes from our maternity photo shoot that I shared with you on Tuesday.  You can be loving for only so long.   But first let me take a selfie.   These guys wanted to photobomb us, and we gladly complied with the birthday boy’s wish. So much fun. Our friends kept us laughing the entire time. … Continue reading

Maternity Photo Shoot at Sutro Baths

Maternity Photo Shoot at Sutro Baths

Our friends Stacius and Jean took us out for a fun maternity photo shoot session at Sutro Baths in San Francisco. We were cracking up the whole time, outtakes to come later this week. But the day turned out to be gorgeous and we were thrilled to get these images. Russell and I are ever … Continue reading

Building Satski’s Library

Building Satski’s Library

I’ve been collecting kids books for years in preparation for reading out loud to my own special someone. Recently, we’ve started receiving and buying more books to add to the collection. Here’s one that we bought while we were visiting Portland: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.  I love the simple text on … Continue reading

Our Baby Shower

Our Baby Shower

Russell’s mom, cousins, and aunt threw us a co-ed baby shower last weekend. Our family and friends from all over came out for the big event and spoiled us rotten. The party was in downtown Oakland in the historic Rotunda Building.    This kid has no choice but to be a Giants fan. I have a feeling … Continue reading

Peek a Boo Baby Shower

Peek a Boo Baby Shower

I’ve got a bunch of pictures to share with you of our official baby shower. I just haven’t had a chance to go through them yet. Here’s a teaser until next week…

Pregnant at the Beach

Pregnant at the Beach

We had such a warm spell in the Bay Area over President’s Day weekend that it seemed crazy not to go to the beach. Here we are at Pacifica Beach, 7 months pregnant. Many thanks to our friend Stacius who took these photos. And here’s what my bathing suit is really supposed to look like: … Continue reading

Best Stroller?

Best Stroller?

Picking out a stroller was probably one of the earliest, most stressful things we had to do as expecting parents. There are a ridiculous number of options out there. And they’re not cheap. We did a ton of research, and I tackled the challenge like I do with a lot of things in my life, with … Continue reading

Baby Shower in New York

Baby Shower in New York

Russell’s old students from his high school in the Bronx threw us a surprise baby shower when we were in town a few weeks ago. We thought we were meeting to just catch up and bowl a few rounds, but all of them showed up with thoughtful gifts and showered us with baby love. Now … Continue reading

New York Travelogue: February 2015

New York Travelogue: February 2015

I had a business trip in New Jersey that I extended into a quick vacation to New York with Russell. Somewhat of a babymoon to savor these last few weeks of independence. Traveling to New York in the dead of winter while 7 months pregnant isn’t totally ideal, but we made a good time of … Continue reading

Sunday Supper: Superbowl 2015

Sunday Supper: Superbowl 2015

I’m a bit behind in posts because I’ve been traveling so much for work these days. I’m currently on one last big trip before I’m officially too pregnant to fly. So the Superbowl is old news (OMG Katy Perry), but here’s a quick look at how I spent the day. I made monkey bread using Chronicle’s … Continue reading

My Second Trimester

My Second Trimester

My first trimester was defined by anxiety and feeling exhausted all the time. My second trimester was all about change. So many changes in my body and my mentality. And I had my energy back, hallelujah!(P.S. that pregnancy pillow in the photo totally does not work for me. I know some people can’t live without it, but … Continue reading

Portland Travelogue: Shops

Portland Travelogue: Shops

In between all the meals in Portland, we did a lot of shopping. Mostly we admired beautiful things we couldn’t afford, but shelled out a few bucks here and there for some goods. Not having to pay tax on anything made the decision on purchases a lot easier too. Why are the shops so beautifully curated … Continue reading

Portland Travelogue: Eats

Portland Travelogue: Eats

Portland! Land of delicious food. I just got back from a trip with Russell and some friends. I’ll be breaking up my travelogue into 3 sections: eats, shops, and sleep. Up first, our gluttonous adventure through this amazing city. Lunch at the Pod 28 Food Truck lot. Usually there’s a beer bar, but a lot … Continue reading

Celebrating Pregnancy with Friends

Celebrating Pregnancy with Friends

My friend from middle school and I are due at the same time. It’s wonderful to celebrate pregnancy and pending parenthood with her and her husband. After our hike in Big Sur, they hosted us in their beautiful home nearby. We had a festive dinner at Bistro Moulin in downtown Monterey. The sweet server treated … Continue reading

New Year’s Day in Big Sur

New Year’s Day in Big Sur

For the first day of 2015, Russell and I drove down to Big Sur. We woke up early, braced ourselves against the chilly wind and second-guessed our decision to go hiking. But the weather cleared into a picture perfect day. Not a hint of fog in this typically gray area. We fueled up first at Big … Continue reading

Sea Ranch Travelogue: December 2014

Sea Ranch Travelogue: December 2014

We celebrated Christmas at Sea Ranch this year. We spent four nights, five nights hiking different trails, playing Catan, Scrabble, putting together a puzzle, coloring, reading, watching lots of movies, eating good food, and just spending quality family time. Here’s a photo dump of our latest escape.      I love this place. _

Chronicle Books Cookie Exchange

Chronicle Books Cookie Exchange

Some of my colleagues and I had a cookie exchange before the holiday break. I made chocolate snickerdoodles from one of our cookbooks, Hand Made Baking. There were pecan brownies from Brown Sugar Kitchen, pistachio cranberry biscotti from Ciao Biscotti, shortbread cookies from Tartine and so much more buttery delicious goodness. Such a treat to … Continue reading

SatoMade Tote Bags

SatoMade Tote Bags

Before the holidays, Chronicle Books held an employee craft fair to sell hand-made goods in-house amongst co-workers. Since I’m not crafty, I had Russell take my place and he made some bags. This was his first time selling anything but he’s been making bags for years, just for me. It’s about time he started expanding … Continue reading

Celebrating the End of 2014

Celebrating the End of 2014

Happy New Year! Hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday with your loved ones. I feel like so much has happened since the last time I blogged. Here are some quick scenes from my holiday break between Christmas and now. More to come in the following days! Wrapped gifts in our home  Celebrating Christmas … Continue reading

Staying Fit During Pregnancy (Sort Of)

Staying Fit During Pregnancy (Sort Of)

One of the most challenging things about being pregnant for me has been modifying my exercise routine. I like working out, sweating it out at yoga class; it keeps me balanced. But with the anxiety of harming the baby in the first few weeks and then dealing with my growing belly, I’ve had to adjust expectations … Continue reading

Field Trip to Alcatraz

Field Trip to Alcatraz

Chronicle Books treated the sales and marketing folks to a field trip to visit the Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz Island. We took the night tour on a gloomy, rainy day. What better way to see an old abandoned prison? The Ai Weiwei installation was so detailed and thought provoking- a hand painted bamboo dragon … Continue reading

Rodeo Beach Hike with the Family

Rodeo Beach Hike with the Family

The day after Thanksgiving, my family and I went to Rodeo Beach in Marin County for a hike. After living in Southern California for decades, my parents recently moved to Central California, far away from the coast, so they really miss the ocean. We didn’t do the full 4.5-mile loop but we still got our … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This year we hosted my family at our house. We’ve never had so much space, I mean just two years ago we were eating Thanksgiving meal in New York on TV trays and last year we were still living with Russell’s parents. So it felt like a real accomplishment to be able to seat and feed my … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read

   What Russell Wore: ASOS sweater, altered Extended shirt G-Star pants, altered into joggers New Balance 997 GY sneakers This should really be called What Russell bought, altered, and wore. Basically can’t get this stuff retail anywhere. The sewing machine is always running in our house. What Erynn Read: Two memoirs by two strong and … Continue reading

Spring 2015 Kick-Off @ Chronicle Books

Spring 2015 Kick-Off @ Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books throws a party to kick off every new season of book publishing. Right now we’re getting ready for all our Spring 2015 titles. There’s always good food (Asian buns this time), our latest books on display, activities (like wine tasting), and raffles to win gift certificates. A great way to get pumped for … Continue reading

Happy Friendsgiving 2014

Happy Friendsgiving 2014

I’m so thankful for all these wonderful friends in my life! The latest gathering for Sunday Suppers was Thanksgiving-themed. Did you know that you can drop off a turkey at KFC and they’ll season and deep-fry it for you for less than $15?? True story. We ate, watched football, laughed, caught up, and listened to some … Continue reading

Satski’s Gender Reveal

At my 13-week ultrasound the technician said she could give me her 80% professional opinion of the gender of our baby. Russell wasn’t with me at the time so I had her write it down on the “money-shot” picture and seal it in an envelope. I took the envelope to our favorite local ice cream shop, The … Continue reading

My Review of The Goldfinch

My Review of The Goldfinch

I just finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. The literati and readers all over are divided over whether this is a good book or not. Here’s an insightful article about that:  http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/07/goldfinch-donna-tartt-literary-criticism# And here are my thoughts on the matter: Did I enjoy the book? Yes. I was hooked from the beginning and found myself feverishly … Continue reading

My First Trimester

My First Trimester

What a joy to finally be able to share and talk about my pregnancy! Here’s a brief recap on my first trimester. I began to suspect I was pregnant the first week of August. My morning commute suddenly felt very long and nauseating. I was dead tired all week (but I thought it could’ve also been from … Continue reading

Halloween 2014 at Chronicle Books

Halloween 2014 at Chronicle Books

Chronicle goes all out for Halloween, which I learned at my first party last year. This year, each floor was tasked with coming up with a theme based on any one of our books. The 1st floor (my floor of mostly sales, marketing, operations, and finance people) decided to go green to represent our marijuana books: … Continue reading

Baby Date in Orange County

Baby Date in Orange County

When our friend’s baby was born back in July, my girlfriends and I planned this trip down to Southern California to visit. (Russell and I went earlier this summer on a separate trip, when he found out I was doing this girls trip and was indignant that he wasn’t invited.) Months after waiting, our reunion … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read & What We’re Expecting

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read & What We’re Expecting

   What Russell Wore: Four Horsemen shirt Sato Made white tank top Pyrex shorts Sato Made black tights Air Jordan III Black Cement Vitaly rings David Yurman bracelets What Erynn Read: What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff What We’re Expecting: Baby Satski in April 2015! _

Sunday Funday in San Francisco

Sunday Funday in San Francisco

A friend was recently in town for business and we spent the weekend together in a big reunion of sorts with a big group of college friends. San Francisco was on her best behavior that day with gorgeous clear weather. It’s been a while since I played tourist in this town. Festivities began on Friday … Continue reading

Travelogue: Portland, Maine

Travelogue: Portland, Maine

I’m an avid blog reader and one of my favorites is Eat This Poem. It features literary city guides that highlight different cities’ good reads and good eats. A lovely idea that’s beautifully executed and so up my alley. I recently read their Portland, Maine guide and was reminded of the time we went for Russell’s 29th birthday. … Continue reading

Reflections On My 31st Birthday

Reflections On My 31st Birthday

Last year I wrote about how relieved I was to finally be entering my 30s after a tumultuous time in my 20s. I certainly don’t have everything figured out, but wow, what an amazing year it’s been and I really have done a lot of growing up. Here’s a look back on this past year: I … Continue reading

#IHadAMiscarriage

#IHadAMiscarriage

Two days ago while scrolling through my usual news sources, I got completely emotionally side-swiped by this article: Saying It Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage. It felt like someone had socked me in my stomach and the dull but constant grief of my miscarriage in January of this year surfaced to the top and became all I … Continue reading

Frankfurter Day 2014 @ Chronicle Books

Frankfurter Day 2014 @ Chronicle Books

The Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany is happening right now. It’s a huge publishing trade fair where international deals are made. For those of us at Chronicle Books who weren’t able to attend, we partook in the tradition of Frankfurter Day instead. To coincide with the beginning of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the company brings in … Continue reading

Weekend with My Parents

Weekend with My Parents

My parents were recently in town to visit me and Russell. My dad saw our home for the first time. And my mom stocked up my fridge with Korean food. We walked around the Lafayette Reservoir at sunset, ate a mom-made meal at home, got treated to a celebratory brunch at Lake Chalet in Oakland … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Man’s Search for Meaning

Quote of the Day: Man’s Search for Meaning

“Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual. These tasks, and therefore the meaning of life, differ from man to man, and from moment to moment. Thus it is impossible to define the meaning of life in a … Continue reading

Hiking in my New Hometown

Hiking in my New Hometown

There’s a regional park just a mile away from our new home. During the spring it’s lush with green grass and cows grazing within arm’s reach of the trails. This was Russell’s home field during his high school cross-country days. I’ve run the hills a few times and it’s pretty painful though the views up … Continue reading

A Taste of Sea Ranch in San Francisco

A Taste of Sea Ranch in San Francisco

One of my favorite bakeries in the world, Two Fish Baking Company in Sea Ranch, opened a 2nd location just blocks away from my office in San Francisco. They still bake all the goods in Sea Ranch and somebody drives them down the windy 109 miles every single day. Amazing. It’s so weird to see it in … Continue reading

My First 5K: the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

My First 5K: the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

Chronicle Books recently participated in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.  Proceeds went to Year Up, an organization that empowers low-income young adults to find professional careers in one year. I loved our shirts and thought we definitely should have won the t-shirt contest. Over 12,000 people partook in the challenge. It was surreal seeing so … Continue reading

The Books In Our Home

The Books In Our Home

I knew I wanted to make books a focal point in our living room. Our bookshelves were one of the first things to go up and instantly made the place feel more homey and our own. These were some of my sources of inspiration (click on thumbnails for links): And here’s our execution of the … Continue reading

Tables Made by Russell

Tables Made by Russell

Thanks for all your love on my last post about our new home! The space wouldn’t be what it is without all of Russell’s handiwork- he spent most of his summer building. He’d made one table before, a coffee table in college. And he has no sort of formal training. How this guy managed to pull … Continue reading

Our New Home

Our New Home

Russell and I bought our very first home a few months ago! It’s still a work in progress but I wanted to share a few photos of what we’ve done so far. I’ll share a quick glimpse today and fill in some more details over the next few posts. Here are the before pictures. We … Continue reading