The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

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That’s cold

Yeah, so, I caught a nasty cold. It’s really knocked me on my ass, and I’ve had to call into sick to work for two days to recover. I hate using my vacation days on a stupid cold, but I’m coughing so much, etc etc. You know the rest … it’s the same stupid fuckin’ cold we all get.

The only good thing about this cold is it gave me the opportunity to watch “Killing Eve” on Hulu, and – my friends! – “Killing Eve” is really great.

OK, there’s one other good thing about laying around on the couch all day. I get to hang out with these guys.

I need this cold to move along, because I’m traveling to Minnesota for work next week, and I don’t want to fly on a plane while sick. I also don’t want to stay in a hotel while sick. Also, I don’t want to be sick. I’m the biggest whiner when I have a cold, which is another reason for me to stay home. No one at work gets paid enough to listen to me bitch and whine about my cold. However, they do get paid enough to listen to me bitch and whine about everything else. I know. I know. I’m a fuckin’ joy to be around, and you wish you worked with me. I get it.

So, I have a theory about how I managed to catch this cold. Here’s actual footage of me after watching “St. Elmo’s Fire” for this week’s Dorking Out.

This episode of Dorking Out is the funniest one yet … if I don’t say so myself. “St. Elmo’s Fire” does not hold up. It’s filled with garbage people doing garbage things. So, if you want to hear two women rip up a movie, then you should definitely listen.






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WWJB: What would Jesus buy

Yeah, so, we’ve been walking in and out of the touristy shops in Monterey.

It’s one of Calvin’s favorite things to do. He likes to look for ceiling fans and ask employees why they are or aren’t on. It’s his thing.

All of these touristy areas have the same stuff. It’s all shirts, sweatshirts, magnets, glasses, socks – you know, all branded shit that you buy when you’re traveling only a throw it in a pile a year later and ask yourself, ” Does this spark joy?” Marie Kondo-style.

Yesterday we stopped in a shop that had this:

Forgive me, Father, for I do not understand why this is in a souvenir shop on Monterey’s wharf.

“Excuse me, I’ve been looking at that beautiful ocean view and eating clam chowder all day, and I’m wondering if you sell figurines of Jesus. Not just any figurines: I want a super sad one. Do you have anything like that?”

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Let’s go to Monterey

Yeah, so, we’re on holiday in Monterey. I was a bit of a last-minute decision, and we got a great deal on a lovely place, Sanctuary Beach Resort. It’s even Toby friendly!

The main takeaways from the trip so far is Alvarado Street has tasty beer. The dark, nutty Coconut Boogie is my favorite. Also, Toby does love new places , but he’s finally settling in.

Today, we’re FINALLY taking Calvin to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I haven’t been there since I was 18, so I’m just as excited as he is.

Here’s a photos from our first day. I’m sure I’ll have a ton from the aquarium.

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Mommy’s little pinball wizard

Yeah, so, we’re trying to have little adventures around San Francisco that our mighty, mighty good boy Calvin would enjoy during our winter vacation. BUT, we’re also doing a few things that we love like – Oh, I don’t know – hitting up a few breweries, because duh.

So, we checked out Laughing Monk, which moved into a new space right next door to their old space. They have really tasty beer. Our current fave is Winter Bough, which is a Belgian quad. Unfortunately, Laughing Monk doesn’t serve food, but you can order any delivery you want from the food delivery app of your choosing.

Oh, and they have pinball, which Calvin loved playing because he is our son.

His favorite was the Gun ‘N’ Roses pinball.

‪Welcome to the jungle
We’ve got fun and games
If you got the money honey
Insert coins, please

So, yeah. look at me trying to keep my New Year’s resolutions and shit by writing on my blog more often. LOL! It’s only January 2, and I’m bragging about keeping my resolutions.

But yeah, if only I were as awesome about maintaining my other resolutions. I’m not sure it’s possible for me to lose 20 pounds AND not be so truly mean and awful to myself at the same time. I might have to choose one or the other.

Be Nice To Myself vs. Lose 20 Pounds

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Facebook isn’t going to like this

Yeah, so, one of my many 2019 resolutions is to stop spending so much time on Facebook. I know. I’m such a basic bitch. That’s everyone’s New Year’s resolution.

I’ve been pondering my relationship with Facebook lately. A lot of people have. There are all the privacy concerns, obviously. It certainly hasn’t improved political discourse in this country. And, I believe that Facebook is a media organization that should be fact-checking the news stories on its platform.

I’m not going to sit here and talk a bunch of shit about Facebook. I have cool and smart friends who work there. Also, I think Facebook has done awesome things. It has brought people together, and it helps us maintain those connections. Hell, my mighty, mighty good man David and I were introduced to each other via Facebook. I love seeing what my friends are up and looking at their photos. Plus, it reminds me of important dates like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

BUT, Facebook has also made every day feel like an awkward family Thanksgiving dinner. You used to only have to listen to your cousin’s racist political views once or twice a year, but thanks to Facebook you see it every day. I’ve lost friends on Facebook, but the truth is I was going to lose those friends whether we were on Facebook or not. Family members have unfriended me, and I’ve unfriended family members, which is probably for the best. This way we can limit our political arguments to the holidays as god intended.

Of course, that’s not why I’m limiting my Facebook time in 2019.

Facebook has made it easy – almost too easy – to share my thoughts, feelings, ideas and stories. Gone are the days when I would come up with an idea, write and live with it for a while, and published a fully formed piece. Instead, I instantly open the Facebook app on my phone, write one line of a half-baked idea and post it. And now my good idea is gone. It’s lost in Facebook’s algorithm for some of my friends to see. Which friends? Well, whichever friends Facebook decides should see it, I guess.

I need to stop just throwing my stories away on Facebook. They’re mine. I want to throw them away here on my blog! And that’s why I’m going to limit my Facebook time. I’ll still be sharing my blog posts and podcasts on Facebook. And, I will still be checking in from time to time. I want to see my friends’ posts and photos. But, instead of mindless scrolling, I’ll practice mindful scrolling.

I have a lot of the same New Year’s resolutions every year. Exercise more. Lose weight. I ditch those quickly every year because I’m lazy and bread is delicious. BUT, I also say I want to create more and consume less. Less Facebooking falls under that.

The good news is, for you my dear tens of readers, there is going to be a lot more activity on The Sonia Show in 2019, whether it’s longer stories or more quick thoughts and photos.

I know what you’re thinking. “But Sonia, what about Twitter?”

Ummm, yeah. One social media platform at a time, you guys!

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Happy New Year, you guys!

Yeah, so, a lot of folks have been asking me what our mighty, mighty good boy Calvin asked for Christmas. As you might recall, last year Calvin asked for a birthday cake.

This year, Calvin said he would not sit on Santa’s lap, but he would like to stand near him and talk to him. And since we’re not about to force our kid to sit on a stranger’s lap, we were fine with that.

Santa asked him what he would like for Christmas.

“Presents,” Calvin told him.

“Anything specific?” Santa asked. “I could bring you a bag of chicken feathers. Maybe some auto parts?”

“Chicken feathers! OK! And a star on the Christmas tree. And binoculars.”

Santa didn’t bring the chicken feathers. #blessed

Of course, Calvin was a really good boy this year, so he got a ton of presents. I was particularly stoked that he actually acknowledged the book I bought him about San Francisco trains and buses.

There was a lot to hate about 2018, and I kinda think it can eat a bag of dicks. BUT, a lot of good stuff happened this year, too.

We went to Cabo with my sister and her family. That was rad. I saw Weird Al in concert. Mark Hamill liked one of my tweets (#humblebrag). We saw “Book Of Mormon.” We got tickets to the Oakland A’s Treehouse and went to a bunch of baseball games. I went to my job’s headquarters in Minnesota and finally got to meet in person some of my coworkers, who are the coolest. My mighty, mighty good man David bought me new mics and various other technical things for podcasting, and it all makes me sound great, but unfortunately they don’t make me sound smart. Smith left Dorking Out, which was a huge bummer, but I got Margo as a co-host and that is so fuckin’ awesome. Check out this week’s episode about “A League Of Their Own.” it’s super fun. My dad bought a 1935 Chevy Coupe, and I love to ride in it with him. I saw “Grease 2” in the theater, and it might be the most fun I had at the movies this year. I bought Calvin a birthday cake shaped like a Muni bus, which resulted in a look of pure happiness from him.

So anyway, 2018 can fuck off now. Happy New Year, you guys!

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Let’s do this, 2019

Yeah, so, did you miss me? I’m back!

I needed to give my podcast, Dorking Out, a little love, so I took a writing break, but don’t worry — I will return to writing regularly in 2019. I super missed you guys!

A few quick updates …

Long-time friend Chris Smith has left Dorking Out to focus on work and other creative projects. No, we didn’t have a huge fight. The split is totally amicable. Seriously! It is!

Anyway, the amazing, smart and funny Margo D. from Book vs. MovieThe Best Neighbors PodcastNot Fade Away and Fit Bottom Girlshas joined the show as my new co-host! I know, right?!?! It’s so exciting.

We’ve got a terrific list of movies and TV shows to talk about in 2019, so you should definitely listen. It’s super fun. Here are five of my recent favorites with Margo, and I think they give you a great idea of what the podcast is now.

Next week is our favorites of 2018 episode, and it’s a good one. We put together some very eclectic lists. We’re not movie critics or TV critics (anymore) so our lists are not filled with, ummm, well … movies and TV shows that critics love to put on their lists.

So anyway, my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin is AWESOME. He is talking so much and expressing himself so well. Every day we’re seeing more and more progress. He is growing into the sweetest, funniest boy.


And while we’re all healthy and happy here at the MansTracy household, I still think 2018 can fuck off now. Bring on 2019!