Hi! My name is Sophia Lee. I am a 30-something-year-old journalist who lives in Los Angeles with her husband David and her naughty cat Shalom. We are currently expecting our first child, Tov Jun (준) Lee-Herrmann.
Shalom seems pretty unhappy about this new addition to the household, and she’s been unleashing her displeasure by peeing on every corner of the house. She did that when my husband entered the picture, but she now tolerates him, but I hope she will more than tolerate the baby when he comes. The arrival of Tov is what kicked my butt to finally start this blog to record memories and insights that I hope will keep me semi-sane.
I’m a journalist for an evangelical publication. I’m a pastor and missionary kid who was born in Jeonju, South Korea, but grew up for 10 years in Singapore speaking Singlish in public schools and sucking spicy sambal and fleshy, pungent durian pulp off my fingers. I speak English, Korean, and Mandarin, and none of them well. At age 14, my family immigrated to Northern Virginia, where I spent the next nine years of my life mourning the loss of good public transportation and hawker food. I never lost my accent, which used to embarrass me, but now I’m proud of how my accent vocalizes the diverse background and cultures I come from.
I went to university in Los Angeles and have now lived in this sunny, sprawling city for more than 12 years, so I guess Los Angeles is “home?” Wherever home is.
Thank you for reading.