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

Labor Day 2014 in Tahoe

Labor Day 2014 in Tahoe

My good friend Alex invited a few of us up to her family’s house near Tahoe for Labor Day weekend. It was the perfect way to round out the summer: hiking, eating, and relaxing with friends.  We drove up early Saturday morning and headed out straight for a hike. 4 miles in to a beautiful rest … Continue reading

Summer Reads 2014

Summer Reads 2014

I haven’t written any What Russell Wore What I Read posts in a while, mostly because in the summer Russell wears tank tops, shorts, and flip flops. Now that school’s back in session and the weather should be cooling down, I’ll ramp back up on reporting Russell’s sartorial choices. But I wanted to share some of … Continue reading

Giants Tailgate 2014

Giants Tailgate 2014

Russell’s uncle hosts a yearly Giants baseball tailgate party. It’s always a good time with way too much food and fabulous company. It’s even better when the Giants win, which they did! Here are some scenes from the ball park that day.  {My brother-in-law captured this great panaromic shot of all the food}   {Russell … Continue reading

Summer So Cal Trip

Summer So Cal Trip

Here are some pics from our recent trip to Southern California. We spent time with my sister and her boyfriend in West Covina, I got my hair done in Beverly Hills, we visited our friends we met in New York who now live in the Arts District of Los Angeles, and my friends Helen and Richie … Continue reading

My New ‘Do

My New ‘Do

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’ve been sporting a new ‘do. Here’s how it went down. Phase 1: Cut off a foot of hair at Salon Alta in San Francisco. I had it done by the owner, Cirrus. She’s awesome. I loved how she supported the big chop … Continue reading

Day Trip to Yosemite with the Family

Day Trip to Yosemite with the Family

A few weeks ago I visited my parents in Central California. My sister and her boyfriend came up from Los Angeles too for the family reunion. We made a day trip to Yosemite, or actually a picnic site just outside of Yosemite since the park is way too crowded at this time of year. While … Continue reading

Business Trip to Portland

Business Trip to Portland

I went to Portland for a hot minute for a quick business trip. I wish I’d had more time to explore. I’ll definitely be going back for a proper visit soon. I flew in early in the morning and grabbed lunch at Tasty n Sons. It was a half hour wait on a Thursday before … Continue reading

San Francisco Ramen Festival 2014

San Francisco Ramen Festival 2014

I’m a little behind in my posting after being on business trips last week in Chicago and Grand Rapids. But here’s a quick recap of the San Francisco Ramen Festival that I went to three weeks ago. It was crowded…way too crowded. The two friends we went with gave up within 10 minutes and went to … Continue reading

Weekend in Ibiza

Weekend in Ibiza

While visiting Paris with my girlfriends, we took a weekend away in Ibiza. Yes, it was fun. No, I’ve never partied harder.              Where We Stayed:  Hotel Torre del Mar on Playa d’en Bossa. Where We Ate:  Restaurant near our hotel (can’t remember the name, but has “Fish It” on its sign) for a … Continue reading

A Vacation in Paris with Girlfriends

A Vacation in Paris with Girlfriends

One of my best friends is taking a sabbatical in Paris this summer. Lucky her and lucky me for being able to visit with my other girlfriends. It was cold and rainy until my last day there, but Paris never ceases to amaze and it will forever be one of my favorite cities in the world. … Continue reading

Out of Office

Out of Office

I’m on vacation in Paris and Ibiza for the next week! It’s a girls trip and a 7-year reunion with these two ladies, who came and visited me while I was living in Paris in 2007. Our friend Jess will be joining us this time.  (This is us in France for Kirby’s wedding 2 years ago) … Continue reading

A Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

A Wedding at Calistoga Ranch

My friends just had the most beautiful and classy wedding ever in Napa County. I went up just for the day with Russell and my friends Janee and Jessica. Wish we’d had more time in Napa, but we maximized with a lunch at Bottega, wine tasting at Elizabeth Spencer, and celebrating at the wedding at Calistoga … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read in Napa

What Russell Wore, What I Read in Napa

What Russell Wore: Carrera sunglasses Rented 3-piece tux with shawl collar David Yurman and Scott Kay bracelets Multicolor Fly Knit Racers What I Read: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. In the introduction by Harold S. Kushner, Kushner says “Typically, if a book has one passage, one idea with the power to change a person’s … Continue reading

Wedding at the San Diego Hard Rock

Wedding at the San Diego Hard Rock

My good friend from college got married last week at the Hard Rock in San Diego. Doesn’t she make a beautiful bride? For party favors the bride and groom donated to the ASPCA on behalf of all their guests. So sweet and perfect for this pup-loving couple. Such a glam venue. We had a great … Continue reading

Sea Ranch Travelogue: May 2014

Sea Ranch Travelogue: May 2014

Russ and I have hit our stride with planning quick get-aways to Sea Ranch. We wait for 3-day weekends then power our way through all of our favorite things to do (which involves a lot of carbs from Two Fish). This past Memorial Day weekend, we drove up early on Saturday, picked up garlicky delicious … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read (in Sea Ranch)

What Russell Wore, What I Read (in Sea Ranch)

What Russell Wore: EMS beanie Rec Specs goggles (with prescription) Home-made fishtail tank Air Jordan shorts Nike Combat tights Nike Hyperfeel Trail shoes What Erynn Read: ONCE THE SHORE by Paul Yoon. A collection of short stories set on a fictional South Korean island. Some golden lines: “Maybe going somewhere else was an act of remembrance of … Continue reading

Bay to Breakers 2014

Bay to Breakers 2014

A typical foggy San Francisco morning… With costumes, naked runners, and jello shots before 9 AM… also known as Bay to Breakers.  I got too distracted by all the sights to take many photos. But I hope these photos are enough to convey that a good time was had. ;)

Isla Vista On My Mind

Isla Vista On My Mind

I’ve been debating whether or not I should put in my two cents about the recent tragedy in Isla Vista. Ultimately, posting anything else this week seemed trivial. As a UCSB alum, I feel sad for all the students whose college experience will now forever be tainted by this heinous crime. As a woman, I … Continue reading

Fall 2014 Kick-Off @ Chronicle Books

Fall 2014 Kick-Off @ Chronicle Books

We had our Fall 2014 Kick-Off party at Chronicle Books last week. It’s a time for the whole company to get together and see/celebrate the books we have coming out in the upcoming season. Since I’m in Sales, I’ve already seen (and sold) most of the books on our Fall 2014 list, but that’s not the case … Continue reading

Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California

Another reason why I hella love Oakland: The Oakland Museum of California. On Friday Nights they have half-price admission, Off the Grid food trucks, live music and dancing. There are Vinyl and Giant Robot exhibits happening right now that are definitely worth a visit. I can easily say this was my best museum experience, ever. … Continue reading

Sunday Supper: Japanese Theme

Sunday Supper: Japanese Theme

Our friends Evan and Jessica hosted the latest edition of Sunday Supper, and they cooked a Japanese-themed feast, including chicken karaage, tofu, brussell sprout kimchee (genius!), and more. We brought the spam musubi. The food was delicious and spending quality time with friends is always a good idea.   _

Wedding in Fairfield, California

Wedding in Fairfield, California

      Fairfield, California: famous for being in the middle-of-nowhere and home to the Jelly Belly Headquarters. I’ve only stopped by on my way to Sacramento, but I’m so glad we ventured in further for a recent wedding. Such gorgeous farm and wine country out there!  It was a beautiful wedding with sparkling lights and … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What I Read

What Russell Wore, What I Read

What Russell Wore: Vintage plaid shirt Stussy fleece jacket Nike Tech fleece pants Asics Gel Lyte III sneakers What I’m Reading:  THE SWEET LIFE IN PARIS by David Lebovitz, in preparation for my trip to Paris this summer! Musings on life in Paris interspersed with delicious recipes; doesn’t get much sweeter than this. And yes, I’m … Continue reading

Wine Tasting in Livermore

Wine Tasting in Livermore

Livermore is a great alternative to Napa for wine tasting. It’s closer to the East Bay, less crowded, more affordable, and the wines were actually very good. I recently went with some co-workers from Chronicle and we visited three wineries: McGrail, Wente, and Rios-Lovell. Here are some photos from that gorgeous day. McGrail’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Kafka on the Shore

Quote of the Day: Kafka on the Shore

“I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I’m alone, inside the world of the story. My favorite feeling in the world.”  “Every one of us is losing something precious to us…Lost … Continue reading

Swooping by Seattle

Swooping by Seattle

I was in Washington state recently for a business trip at the Costco headquarters in Issaquah. Typically, I make this a day trip only, admiring the Pacific Northwest pathetically from the car on the short drive from the airport to my meeting. But this time I spent the night and squeezed in a quick trip to the … Continue reading

Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker Bread

I’ve been baking bread from scratch, thanks to this new cookbook, Josey Baker Bread.   Josey breaks down what seems like an intimidating process, into a very easy-to-follow and gratifying adventure that results in delicious, really delicious bread.    The most difficult part about baking bread is all the waiting time. Overall, the process can … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 4

Spring Break in NYC: Day 4

Our trip went by too fast in 4 short days. But we did everything we intended to do: eat, see friends, eat, shop, eat, walk. On our last day we ate bagels for breakfast from where we used to get bagels all the time- I don’t even know what it’s called, I just call it … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 3

Spring Break in NYC: Day 3

Day 3 started with breakfast  at one of our favorite restaurants, Egg. They just moved into a bigger, sunnier space. They’re still serving the best egg dishes in town (maybe even the state, the country?) We checked out of our place in Brooklyn and spent the next day with our friends on the Upper East Side. … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 2

Spring Break in NYC: Day 2

On our second day in New York, we started in Harlem for brunch at Lido for some quality time with two of our favorite people. All-you-can-drink-mimosa brunches are a New York must. And so is Levain Bakery, which was conveniently across the street from Lido. From Harlem, we entered Central Park on 110th Street, picked up … Continue reading

Spring Break in NYC: Day 1

Spring Break in NYC: Day 1

I’ll be sharing some photos from our recent vacation in New York City over the next few days. Though it’s only been 9 months since we moved from New York to California, we missed a lot of our favorite restaurants and friends. It was so good to be back. We took a red-eye in, dropped off … Continue reading