Baby Satski at Two Months

Baby Satski at Two Months

Baby Satski is two months old! He now weighs 17.4 pounds (above 95th percentile) and measures 24.5 inches long (only 1 foot away from being able to ride roller coasters!). He’s grown so much this past month and he’s getting funner by the day.  Smiling: At 6 weeks he started genuinely smiling. We’d seen glimpses of … Continue reading

A$AP Sato- Walk It Off

A$AP Sato- Walk It Off

If you follow Russell on Instagram, you may have seen a short clip of Baby Satski (rap alias A$AP Sato) dancing along to Lil Wayne’s Walk It Off. Here’s the longer version: Cracks me up. We’ll be uploading Baby Satski music videos regularly.

Baby Satski’s Library

Baby Satski’s Library

Here’s how we decided to build out Baby Satski’s library in his room. I got the inspiration from Pepper Design Blog and bought the acrylic shelves from Clear Solutions Displays. They’re actually greeting card shelves for retail shops. Here’s how they look empty: And filled with books!   I like how all the books are forward-facing so … Continue reading

Harlem World by Jon Ouye

Harlem World by Jon Ouye

I knew before going into the hospital to deliver Baby Satski that I wanted our friend Jon Ouye to come take some pictures of our new family together on our first day. We asked him a few months before the big day, and true to his word, he came to visit us in the hospital, … Continue reading

The Story Behind the Blanket

The Story Behind the Blanket

I posted a monthly status of Baby Satski last week and in it he’s lying on a blanket.  I love the Pendleton story behind the blanket so I wanted to share it here: “Ah-Day” means “special” in Kiowa, and this beautiful, intricate blanket is surely an unsurpassed gift for a special child. It is produced … Continue reading

Baby Satski at One Month

Baby Satski at One Month

Baby Satksi is officially one month old! And what a month it’s been. He’s slowly getting used to being in this world, and I’m slowly getting used to having my life completely turned upside down. Here are some highlights of this past month. Big Boy: Weighing in at 12 pounds 12 ounces and measuring 23 inches, he’s … Continue reading

Portraits of Baby Satski by Kirk Sato

Portraits of Baby Satski by Kirk Sato

My brother-in-law came up from San Diego a few weeks ago to meet his new nephew. He brought his fancy camera along and took these beautiful photos of Baby Satski at 4 and 5 days old that I’ll cherish forever.    Here’s the photographer having his moment with baby. 

My Pregnancy Essentials

My Pregnancy Essentials

With my pregnancy now behind me, here are my thoughts on what was most essential. Maternity Wear I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on such a temporary wardrobe, so I stocked up on basic maternity items and discovered that a lot of my regular oversized tops, cardigans and dresses worked with my … Continue reading

Baby Satski’s Newborn Photo Shoot

Baby Satski’s Newborn Photo Shoot

While we were in the hospital, a photographer came around to our room and offered to take some photos of Baby Satski. She somehow transformed the foot of the hospital bed to a professional backdrop and captured these precious moments of Baby Satski at 2 days old.                   … Continue reading

Maternity Leave Week 2

Maternity Leave Week 2

Going back in time a little bit to show you how I spent my 2nd week of maternity leave, right before giving birth. I think I’ll always cherish this time as my last few days of freedom and a time when I truly found peace within myself. It’s amazing what an extended time off of … Continue reading

My Birth Story

My Birth Story

This is an intimate post about my birth story that I want to document and share. Feel free to skip over the gory details and let me summarize by saying my labor started out easy, progressed to difficult, then baby was born healthy and beautiful. Read on at your own discretion. I’m a control freak; … Continue reading

Baby Shower at Russell’s School

Baby Shower at Russell’s School

Our 4th, yes 4th, baby shower was hosted by Russell’s colleagues. They showered us with gifts, love, and advice at a restaurant near their school. The students signed this sweet and funny card for Russell.  All the teachers wrote messages on bibs and Russell had to guess who wrote what. And then we opened gifts. This … Continue reading

Maternity Leave Week 1

Maternity Leave Week 1

I’ve officially been on maternity leave for one week. I thought I’d get bored, but the week went by surprisingly fast! Basically I’ve been sleeping and eating a lot, running errands, going to yoga or on long walks everyday and just indulging in this time of rest. Baby Satski is due on 4/20, so I’m … Continue reading

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read

What Russell Wore, What Erynn Read

What Russell Wore:  Kangol hat Long fishtail tank top made by Russ Vintage flannel altered by Russ French military pants altered by Russ Ring from Thailand Jeffrey Campbell woven sandals What Erynn Read:  What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami. A memoir about running and writing from one of my … Continue reading

Building Satksi’s Library

Building Satksi’s Library

I mentioned in the last post about my work baby shower that my colleagues gifted me with their favorite childhood books to help us build Satski’s library. Here’s a look at the some of the haul: Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell Busy Elephants by John Schnidel A Book of Sleep by Il … Continue reading

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! _