How a Publishing Executive Spends Her Sundays

“At the beginning of Covid, you could see the evolution of readers’ needs through what was selling,” mentioned Sanyu Dillon, the chief advertising and marketing officer for Penguin Random House. It began with a rise in interactive workbooks for youngsters, she mentioned. Later final spring, “baking, cooking, dog training and interior design saw an increase,” she continued. Last summer season “was a call for racial justice books after the murder of George Floyd” and final fall, political books had been widespread.

These days, she mentioned, readers are turning to fiction.

On the weekends, Ms. Dillon shifts priorities, from advertising and marketing to motherhood. “Sunday is my day to disengage from work and errands,” mentioned the one mom of two, whose path to parenthood had its challenges. “The natural route was not in the cards for me,” mentioned Ms. Dillon, 51. “I adopted my son 10 years ago,” she mentioned, from a lady who referred to as three years later to say she was pregnant once more. Ms. Dillon didn’t hesitate. “I had a younger sister growing up, and wanted to give that to my kids.”

Ms. Dillon lives together with her son, Carter, 10, and her daughter, Reese, 7, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

STIRRING I have to get up alone with out an alarm. We are all attuned to one another, so the family stirs across the identical time. Then I do 10 minutes of Transcendental Meditation.

“Our spotlight of the week is seeing the aunties,” the youngsters’s godmothers, Ms. Dillon mentioned.Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

BLACK COFFEE I make breakfast for the children: eggs and toast or waffles and yogurt, one thing easy. I have a tendency to not eat and do intermittent fasting, so I might need a inexperienced smoothie. We love music. It’s a soundtrack home. We battle over who will get to choose the primary tune. I don’t, however they do. I attempt to steadiness it. Right now we’re taking part in Black Coffee, who’s a D.J. and producer out of South Africa.

MORE BLACK COFFEE We go away the home by 10-ish. That’s once I choose up espresso. I’ve a espresso machine at dwelling, however I cease by Locals, the native espresso store which is up the block, to help them. I really like espresso. I take it black. For a very long time I obtained espresso on the best way to work. Now that I’m dwelling full time I nonetheless get my espresso. It’s my little ritual, even in the course of the week. It says, ‘OK, my day has started.’

PLAY DATE We have a weekly standing play date with my good friend Chisara and her son Ikemba. We met when our youngsters had been in preschool. We had been solo mothers, in order that was a connection level. We performed collectively in the course of the pandemic within the Albert J. Parham Playground each Sunday — irrespective of how chilly it was or if it was raining, when everybody’s social circle obtained slim and the issues one may do obtained smaller. We’d catch up and attempt to discover actions for teenagers. Sometimes it was hockey. Now they’re taking skateboarding classes.

AUNTIES Our spotlight of the week is seeing the aunties, from midday to 2. This is a tight group of seven pals who’re their godmothers. We all get collectively a few times a month. When I made a decision to undertake, they turned one other set of loving fingers for the children. When I’ve to journey for work, I can depend on them for in a single day stays. We go to completely different locations for brunch or head to Fort Greene Park for a picnic. During Covid these outside actions turned priorities. Someone at all times has a playlist and Bluetooth audio system. For a whereas we had been listening to Brazilian samba and would faux we may samba dance.

A go to to Greenlight Bookstore continues her childhood custom of a weekly ebook deal with.Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

GRAPHIC Every Friday my mom took my sister and me to Wilkie’s News, our native bookstore in Dayton, Ohio. I seemed ahead to this. We may get two books every. I carry that ahead on Sundays, so we go to Greenlight Bookstore on Fulton. My youngsters love graphic novels sequence; Reese loves “Phoebe and Her Unicorn” and “Dog Man.” Carter loves “Big Nate” and “Wings of Fire.”

SEAFOOD SUNDAYS By four I flip my eye towards dinner: seafood Sundays. To make it simple for myself we even have taco Tuesdays. The youngsters assist make it in order that it’s enjoyable. We go to Shipwreck Seafood Boutique in Bed-Stuy, and I purchase a complete fish, often branzino for me and my daughter; my son found mussels, so I get these for him.

At Shipwreck Seafood Boutique in Brooklyn. “I purchase a complete fish, often branzino for me and my daughter; my son found mussels, so I get these for him.”Credit…Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

END GAME After dinner it’s tub time. The youngsters lay out their garments for the subsequent day. I take a look at my schedule for the week and make a reminder record on my cellphone. We love taking part in phrase video games. Right now we’re taking part in the alphabet sport: identify, pet, and the place you reside — Amelia, armadillo, Alaska. We have a lot of enjoyable. Afterward, Carter goes proper into his room and picks up a ebook. Once Reese is settled, I am going into Carter’s room and say good evening.

ALL ABOUT SLEEP I take a bathe to clean the day away and transition to me time, which focuses on sustaining good sleep hygiene. I’ve realized at any time when I’ve mind fog or I’m craving sugar all of it stems from lack of sleep.

BOOKLAND When the pandemic hit it brought about me to re-evaluate my life and the place I wished to lean in. When I do one thing I need it to hit three issues: curiosity, pleasure and relaxation. Picking up a ebook hits all of them. I really like being again in bookland. I’ve a complete stack on the evening stand. I lately completed Mia McKenzie’s “Skye Falling,” a hilarious novel/love story, and simply began Brandon Taylor’s “Filthy Animals.” By 10 or 10:30 the ebook gentle is out and the pages are closed.

Sunday Routine readers can comply with Sanyu Dillon on Instagram @brooklynsanyu.