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Dorking Out Episode 17: Non-Scary Movies That Scare Us

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of “Dorking Out” Smith and I talk about movies that scare us that are not technically scary movies. It’s a really fun discussion, and I’d love to hear from you guys. What non-scary movies scare you? One of my picks is “Field Of Dreams.” You’ll have to listen to find out why.


We also review the new Christopher Guest mockumentary “Mascots,” which premiered on Netflix last week. Also, Smith heard a really pretentious jazz review on NPR, which we use as a jumping off point to talk about what we want from reviews and reviewers. Smith really goes off on this review. It’s rad.

One more thing, last Friday we dropped a special bulletin to talk about the final “Star Wars: Rogue One” trailer. My mighty, mighty good man David joins us.

You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.


The Worst Wedding Photo Ever Taken

Yeah, so, this might be the worst wedding photo ever taken. It’s certainly the worst photo of me ever taken.

Let me set the scene … A three years ago in August, one of my longest friends (we don’t say oldest) Amanda got married. My sister Michelle and I were bridesmaids. It was a Gatsby-themed wedding, so we had flapper-style dresses and headbands. It was so hot that day – like 100 degrees. I was so damn hot. I was sweating through my Spanx. After the lovely ceremony, the photographer herded us together for photos. She took a lot of photos.

“Stand here.”

“Put your hand there.”

“Sit on his lap.”

“Give him a kiss on the cheek.”

It just went on and on. I was so over it. We were all over it. We were all ready for a cool drink … a cool drink with booze.

“OK, everybody jump in the air.”

So we jumped, and this is what happened.


Everything about this photo is wrong.

First of all, why did the wedding photographer even send this photo to Amanda? This photo should have been deleted. You only send the good ones to the bride and groom – not this grotesque outtake.

Second, Michelle’s dress flew up and her underwear is showing. I’ve modified the photo to protect Michelle’s private parts from the internet. The groom, Brock, looks like he is hanging in mid-air. The bride is making a crazy face. The groomsmen look goofy. And then there’s me …

I don’t even know what to say about me in this photo. For some reason, I opted to not jump and instead decided to try to make it look like I’m jumping. Apparently, this is what I think someone jumping looks like.


It’s not even close. I don’t know why I didn’t just jump. It makes absolutely no sense that I would pose myself to make it look like I was jumping, and then stand like this, which does not look like I’m jumping. I think I’m standing on my tippy-toes so I look taller. WTF? “Sonia is obviously jumping. She looks an inch taller.”

Also, I wonder if Amanda and Brock noticed that I brought two guests to their wedding. I brought my husband David and my double chin.


And what the hell am I doing with my hand? My hand is deformed into some sort of hook hand. Is my hook hand supposed to make it look like I’m jumping? Did I think that’s what people do to their hands when they jump in the air? I have no logical explanation. “Sonia is obviously jumping. She’s an inch taller, and she’s got the hook hand.”


I have been holding on to this photo for three years. I have no idea why I waited so long to write about it. I think I was kinda intimidated by the idea of writing about it – like I wouldn’t do it justice. But the truth is I don’t need to say anything about this photo. It’s an epic wedding photo fail, and the photo is worth more than a thousand words.




The New Girl

Yeah, so, we got a cat.


Meet Kubo. She’s six months old, and yes, she is missing an eye. She’s named after the one-eyed boy in “Kubo And The Two Strings,” even though she’s a girl, because why not? We adopted her from the Silicon Valley Humane Society, which is the same place we adopted Toby. She got a nasty eye infection, which is how she lost her eye. Her original owners either didn’t want to pay for the surgery or couldn’t afford the surgery so they dropped her off at a shelter. Their loss is our gain. She was placed with a foster family for a few weeks, and they just adored her. The mother told us that if they didn’t have so many pets they would have kept her, and I believe her. She has texted me multiple photos and videos of Kubo’s time with them, and she’s very excited to see photos of her adjusting to her new home.

She’s a real sweetheart and fitting in well. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin gets right in her face, and she doesn’t even care. She’s very social. She’s not one of those cats that shows up for food and then leaves. She adjusted quickly to her new home and has become fast friends with Toby.


It’s been a long time since I had a cat in my life. I forgot how funny they can be. She’s always pushing things off tables, playing with toys, and reaching out and putting her paws on you for no reason. Her second night in our house she curled up on Calvin’s bed for a while, and after he fell asleep she decided to lay down on his head and lick his face while he slept. David had to break it up.

Homer’s passing away has left a big hole in our family. He was a great dog and a loved member of our family. We still miss him terribly. He had a big personality, and I can say for certain that Homer would really hate the new kids. Ha! We kinda like ’em, though.

Today would have been Homer’s 15th birthday. We miss you, Homer.

David made this in honor of Homer's birthday.

David made this in honor of Homer’s birthday.





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Dorking Out Episode 16: Scary Movie Talk with F This Movie’s Patrick Bromley

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of “Dorking Out” I got to talk about scary movies with my podcasting hero, Patrick Bromley from F This Movie.

I have written about F This Movie countless times. It’s my favorite podcast, and it’s meant a lot to me over the years. I listened to it a lot during my breast cancer recovery and chemotherapy recover. I was downright giddy that Patrick agree to come on the show. And I can only hope that I didn’t embarrass myself. He is a huge fan of horror movies and speaks about them so passionately and eloquently, while I sound like a dork, repeatedly using the words “scary” and “awesome.”

Speaking of awesome, it’s so awesome to meet someone whose work you admire and they turn out to be as funny, smart and nice as you imagined. Thank you, Patrick, for coming on our dorky little show.


Patrick, Smith and I share our three favorite scary movies. Plus, Smith and I review Netflix’s new Marvel series, “Luke Cage,” and the new thriller “The Girl On The Train.”

You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Birthday Wrap Up

Yeah, so, my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin and I had a great birthday. Thanks for asking, you guys.

In the past, my mighty, mighty good man David and I took the day off from work, and we kept Calvin home from preschool and we did something fun. This year, we decided to send Calvin to school so he could have an afternoon cupcake party with his school buddies.

There are birthday parties at the preschool all the time, but the parents always bring in cupcakes made with egg, and since Calvin is allergic he can’t join in. Sometimes, the teachers give us a heads up and I bring in a special vegan cupcake for Calvin, or another special treat like popcorn. And sometimes the parents remember Calvin’s allergy and they bring in Oreos for him, which he loves, but they are no cupcakes.

This year instead of making 35 vegan cupcakes from scratch for the kids, I opted to use an egg replacer and made funfetti cupcakes from a box, because I’m busy and how dare you judge me! I don’t think they taste as good as my cupcakes, if I don’t say so myself, but they turned out great, and the kids were happy – especially Calvin. See?


On Saturday, we had a little barbecue at our place for both Calvin’s birthday and my birthday (because ME ME ME), and I made my cupcakes for that party, so you can back off, Judgey McJudgeinstein.

We had a little pre-party excitement in that Toby decided to make a run for it again. Bad dog. This time I was walking him down the front steps and he was startled by a loud noise and wiggled right out of his collar. You see, I had just slapped the leash on his collar instead of using his harness. That will never happen again.

So, 20 minutes before the party was supposed to start, our dog ran away. Awesome, right?

David was at the store getting ice, so Calvin and I chased him for a while but he’s super fast, and we couldn’t keep up. Eventually, David came home, and he tagged in, and Calvin and I went back to the house to await guests.

I was upset. “Where’s your new dog, Sonia?” they’d ask. “Oh, he ran away,” I’d have to say.

I started panicking. I mean, really panicking, like having a panic attack. I was hyperventilating. I was thinking about taking an Ativan, but instead I called my sister, because I knew she was on her way to the party. While I was on the phone with her, David walked through the door with Toby. With the help of some amazing neighbors, David was able to catch him before any of the guests had arrived.

I was so relieved. I started hugging David and crying. “I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” I cried. “He got away from me. I’m so sorry.” I was sobbing

Calvin came up to me. “Mommy’s crying,” and he hugged me.

After that, I opened a beer, and that seemed to help settle me down. Beer is awesome like that.


“I love to make Sonia cry. It’s my thing.”

The party was a big success … I think everyone had a good time. There was one other unfortunate event. My buddies Beegs and Sass’ little 2-year-old boy Levi got sick. He vomited a few times. Meh. Toddlers throw up, right? We were sure he was fine.

Well, it turns out that he had a nasty stomach flu. Beegs got it. Sass got it. My aunt Jeanne got it, and then I got it. What an unexpected party favor for everyone! Eh, what can you do? Kids get sick. It happens. It was a nasty flu. I feel bad that little Levi was that sick. Poor kid.

So, Sunday was my birthday, but luckily for me, this virus didn’t kick in until Monday morning. I’m so lucky, right?

Actually I do feel lucky. I had a good birthday. We took Toby to the dog park. Then we got back in time to watch the Giants beat the Dodgers and secure a spot in the Wild Card game, which they won on Wednesday, by the way, because even year, duh. Good buddy Kate came over to Calvin sit, and David and I went to dinner at a vegan sushi restaurant. Vegan sushi is a thing, and it’s awesome.



One of the sushi rolls in the restaurant listed “suspense” as an ingredient.

Me: “What does suspense taste like?”
Waitress: “Actually, this roll comes with a shot of sake, and one of the pieces has a super-hot spice in it. If you eat the spicy piece, you get to drink the sake shot. That’s the suspense.”
David: “If you really want suspense, you should hide meat in one of the pieces.”

I had a delicious dinner with my handsome husband, who bought me a dorktastic “Star Trek” necklace that I absolutely adore. Sure, the next morning I had a stomach flu that knocked me on my ass for two days, but I’ve been sicker.


Seriously, every day is like my birthday with these guys. I couldn’t be happier.



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Dorking Out Episode 15: SNL, Westworld and more

Yeah, so, live from our living rooms, it’s “Dorking Out!”

In this week’s episode, Smith and I discuss the new season of “Saturday Night Live.” With so many comedy options now, is “SNL” still relevant? Smith still watches every week, and me … not so much. We talk about that, plus share our favorite cast. Personally, I’m still annoyed that Donald Trump hosted last November. It made his awful racism and sexism since like it’s no big deal. He’s a bullshit candidate, and I’m tired of entertainment shows treating these two candidates as equals. They are not equal. Trump is much worse. I guess I’m still mad at “Saturday Night Live.” I’m sure I’ll forgive it eventually. Maybe after the election.


So anyway, we also review HBO’s new drama, “Westworld.” Spoiler alert: We really like it. We have a lot of thoughts and feelings about it.

We also do a status check on what new Fall TV shows we’re watching and which ones we’re dumping, including “The Good Place,” “Speechless,” “Designated Survivor,” “Timeless” and “Pitch.” Plus, our favorite headlines of the week, including another “Scarface” remake.

You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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He’s 5?!

Yeah, so, my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin is 5 today.

Five years ago today, I was evicting this kid from my uterus. And now he’s old enough repeat my profanity and negotiate for chocolate milk. He really is THE BEST. He loves to laugh and play. He’s got the warmest smile and gives the best hugs.

He’s not a baby anymore. He’s not even a toddler. He is a little boy. *sobs*




These are the stickers we had made for Calvin's birthday this year.






Happy, happy birthday, Calvin. You are the best thing that ever happened to me, and I’m so lucky to be your mom. You are the sweetest and happiest boy, and I couldn’t be more proud of you.



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Dorking Out Episode 14: The Magnificent Seven, South Park, Simpsons And More

Yeah, so, I did a lot of research for this week’s “Dorking Out,” so you should definitely listen.

We review “The Magnificent Seven,” starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. After I saw it in the theater, I came home and watched the 1960 “The Magnificent Seven,” starring Yul Brenner and Steve McQueen. AND THEN, I watched Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” from 1954. I know, right? Dedication!


So which one is the best? Umm, “Seven Samurai” is the best, obviously. There’s a reason it’s a classic. It’s an amazing movie. What did I think about the new “Magnificent Seven?” You’ll have to listen to find out.



We also do a status check on “The Simpsons” and “South Park,” which both kicked off the new seasons. Plus, we chat about how superheroes in recent movies don’t have theme music anymore. All of that, plus our favorite headlines of the week, and Smith brags about his Emmys again by sharing some really helpful tips on how to win an Emmy.

You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.

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Six Things I’m Loving Right Now: Star Trek, Avon Nail Polish And More

Yeah, so, happy Friday! Let’s kick off the weekend with some fun. Here’s six things I’m loving right now.

“Star Trek”

Inspired by my Dorking Out co-host Smith’s love of “Star Trek,” I have been watching a lot of “Star Trek.” My mighty, mighty good man David and I rewatched the original six movies, and we’re about halfway through the first season of the original series. We talked a lot about why we love “Star Trek” on our “Star Trek” special episode. But I think what I’m responding to right now is the positive future it depicts. It’s not dark and gloomy like a “Blade Runner,” which is a rad movie. “Star Trek” is hopeful. With a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot running for president and dominating the news cycle, it’s nice to watch something that is optimistic about the future.


There was a “Star Trek” night at the San Francisco Giants game last week, and this was the giveaway. I didn’t get to go to the game, but my mom did. It looks so great in my nerd corner at work!

Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook

I am addicted to the “Thug Kitchen” cookbooks. They are my go-to cookbooks, but I picked up “Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook” a few weeks ago, and I super love it. The recipes I’ve prepared have been pretty delicious and healthy, and they are not difficult. There are some in the book with a lot of prep work, but there are a ton of easy recipes, too – perfect for quick dinners during the week. I’ve made the Mac ‘n’ “Cheese” and White Bean and Mushroom Stew. I didn’t take any photos, so you will have to trust me that I made them, and they were delicious. I’ve gone through the cookbook and bookmarked a ton of recipes.



Since I started my small dose of Lexapro and acupuncture once a week for my anxiety, I feel so much better, you guys. Since the second breast cancer diagnosis in December 2014 I have been walking around on high alert. I finally feel like myself. It’s awesome. Drugs are rad. Well, some drugs anyway.

pillAvon Gel Finish 7-In-1 Nail Polish

OK, so, now that I’m not doing chemo anymore, and there’s no risk of my fingernails falling off (Gross, right?), I have been able to grow out my nails and paint them again. One of the things that I hate about painting my nails is that fact that the polish chips after a day or so, and then my nails look like I had to crawl out a hole in Buffalo Bill’s basement. This nail polish for Avon is the shit. It will last more than a week without chipping, and that includes me washing dishes every night and typing on a keyboard all day. It says “gel” in the name, but it’s not really that gel polish you get in a salon that has to be specially removed. It can be removed with regular ol’ nail polish remover. I fuckin’ love this polish. I bought it in peacock green, red and – duh – orange. It’s the best.


Guest of Honor Dress in Dachshund from ModCloth


Yes, yes, I know. I’ve gone full crazy dog lady now. I realize I’m such a dork, but it’s so cute and comfy. Oh, and it’s got pockets! And speaking of dogs …


Look at that face! I mean, COME ON!


After his little stunt last week, the newest member of the MansTracy household has started to feel more comfortable. He has warmed up to David, and he’s trying to play with Calvin. They still have different ideas of how they want to play, but they are working it out. He is my little shadow around the house. If I’m standing in the kitchen he will kinda whine at me, because he wants me to sit on the couch with him. I’m fine with that. I’d rather sit on the couch with him, too.









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Dorking Out Episode 13: Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Prequels Strike Back and The Emmy Awards

Yeah, so, I love any reason to talk about my love of the first “Bridget Jones” movie. It’s one of my favorite romantic comedies of all time. It might be one of my favorite movies of all time. Well, at least top 20. So I am pretty excited about this week’s episode of Dorking Out, in which Smith and I review “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”


We also review the documentary “The Prequels Strike Back: A Fan’s Journey,” which theorizes that the “Star Wars” prequels are better than we think. It’s a really interesting documentary, and it leads to a fun discussion about our relationships with the prequels.

If you want to read about what I think about all the “Star Wars” movies, I rewatched them all last summer and wrote them. Here are the links: “Phantom Menace,” “Attack of the Clones,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return Of The Jedi.”

We chat about Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, too. In this era, when there are a million great shows, how do you honor every TV show that deserves it?

If you listen to the show, I’d love to hear what you think. You can comment here, or on our website or Facebook page.