The Sonia Show

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


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Super weird times

Yeah, so, weird times, huh?

2019: “I’m the worst year.”
2020: “Hold my beer.”

We’re all being safe here, and we’re all healthy. My mighty, mighty good man David always works from home, and my rad company issued a work from home order a few weeks before this went down. I’m super grateful for my job right now. They’ve been so amazing and supportive. They really look out for their employees. Honestly, I feel lucky.

My coworker Jian Wei made a Zoom date with Calvin to show him his model cars and introduce him to Snapchat filters.

But yeah, everything is weird. I’m worried, but I try to keep my worrying to a minimum. The last thing we need in this house is for me to start having anxiety attacks again. During the day I focus on work, and I really love what I’m working on. That helps. In the evening and on weekends, I’ve been distracting myself with baking, movies, and Animal Crossing. It’s working. Plus, I’m trapped in the house with my two favorite boys, my doggies, and cat. Could be worse.

We’ve been trying to support the local businesses that we love. You can order food for take-out, buy merch, or get gift cards. A lot of businesses are finding creative ways to stay in business. Help them out! Obviously, my list is super SF-centric, but my hope is it will give you ideas for your city.

The Good Hop – You can pop in and grab beer to go.

Ocean Ale House – One of our favorite spots in SF, Ocean Ale House is filling up growlers. They have food, too. They make David’s favorite burger in SF, and I love their market greens. And they usually have a delicious vegan soup, too.

Goat Hill Pizza – My favorite pizza in SF is still delivering, and they have their own delivery drivers.

Laughing Monk Brewery – Laughing Monk has tasty brews, and they’re always giving back to the community and donating to school fundraisers, etc. If you can, order some beer for pickup.

Faction Brewing – This Alameda brewery was turning into a regular weekend stop for us because they’re kid-friendly, have outdoor seating, and serve rad beer. They have bottles and cans for pickup.

Rosamunde – We were having dinner at Rosamunde every Friday before the pandemic. They have a wide selection of tasty sausages (including vegan options – duh). I also super love their baked beans.

Bird & Beckett – Instead of ordering a book on Amazon, I placed a copy of “Salt Water Flour Yeast” from Bird & Beckett, and I walked down the hill to pick it up.

And, of course, help all the animals! My favorites are Farm Sanctuary, Muttville, or SPCA.

Other random things we’re doing:

A weekly produce box – it’s an easy way to get fresh produce without having to go to the store. We use Farm Fresh To You, and occasionally Imperfect Produce.

Zoom happy hours with my favorite people:

I’m still recording with Margo for Dorking Out and What a Creep. We’re having a really great time. For Dorking Out, we talked about “Tombstone” and “Sleeping with the Enemy.” Over at What a Creep, we talked about Jim Jones, the Houston Astros, and creeps in romantic comedies.

I hope y’all are healthy and being safe. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Stay home.


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Dorking Out: ‘Outbreak’

Yeah, so, with the coronavirus spreading all over the world, Margo and I figured it was a perfect time to revisit 1995’s OUTBREAK on this week’s Dorking Out.

The movie stars renowned action star Dustin Hoffman, Renee Russo, Morgan Freeman, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Donald Sutherland, and super creep Kevin Spacey.

I hope you’re all being safe, my friends.

Unfortunately, here in the U.S., we have an ignorant president, who is more worried about increasing cases of this virus hurting his chances for re-election, and a vice president who doesn’t think science is a thing, so they’re not really doing anything to prevent it from spreading.

Good times!

 

 


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Dorking Out: ‘Dave’ and What a Creep: Alfred Hitchcock

Yeah, so, the world is a political dumpster fire, so listen to me and Margo dork out about the movie “Dave,” starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.

And over at What a Creep, we’re talking about director Alfred Hitchcock. It turns out psycho wasn’t just the name of one of his movies.

 


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Sweatin’ to the oldies

Yeah, so, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more active. I’m trying to worry less about dieting and food. Instead, I’m focusing more on exercise and being healthy.

I love yoga, and I’m continuing to do that once a week. But I also wanted to try something different, so I signed up for a dance class.

Look, my friends! My hair is long enough that I can wear it up. That hasn’t been a thing in about 5 years.

My buddy Malaika came with me so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed all by myself. It’s not a serious dance class. It’s a fun, let’s get sweaty dance class.

I’ve never taken a dance class before, so I didn’t know what to expect. Actually, that’s not true. I did know what to expect: I expected that I wouldn’t remember the steps (even though they were repeatedly demonstrated for me), and I expected that I would always be about two beats behind everyone else. Both of those things happened.

It’s a hip-hop/jazz class. I have zero rhythm, and even the simplest dance step was challenging. But, those things are not important. What’s important is that I had a good time and upped my activity level. I’ll definitely go back. I want to make it a regular thing. Shit, maybe I’ll even get better.

In other news, cute dog photos!


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Let’s do this, 2020

Yeah, so, it’s the end of a decade.

A lot has changed for me this decade. I got married. I had a baby. I lost a few loved ones. I got breast cancer (again). I started three (!) podcasts. I made a bunch of awesome, new friends. I got a new job. And so on, and so on.

Me at the end of 2009

Me at the end of 2019

In the past decade, I’ve changed from a person who could barely make boxed mac ‘n’ cheese to someone to absolutely loves to cook and bake all the time.

I fuckin’ made a vegan chocolate bundt cake.

I changed from the person who could barely work up the courage to talk in a meeting with more than 5 people to the person who cohosts multiple podcasts.

In 2009, I seriously wondered if not only could I have a baby, but should I have a baby. I worried that I didn’t have a maternal bone in my body. But here am I …

I have a lot of goals and wishes for 2020. On a national level, I’m hoping that this country can get its shit together and vote Predator Trump out.

You see, since I’ve got this amazing kid, I’d like the world to not be a massive dumpster fire all the time.

He got an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. Lucky!

On a personal level, I’m hoping to be more active. I go to yoga on the weekends, but I know I can do more. I signed up for a hip-hop dance class (seriously, I did). And now that we have two dogs I have twice as many reasons to be walking more. #SoniaGetsHealthy in 2020.

I’m also hoping to do more traveling with my mighty, mighty good man David. We visited France, Belgium, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Denver, Portland, Las Vegas, Hawaii, and New York City in the past decade. Maui is on the agenda this summer with my family. I’d like to make a return visit to NYC, and I’d love to check out Chicago.

So anyway, I hope y’all have a completely rad New Year’s Eve. Let’s all link arms and dance into 2020 together.


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Meet Max

Yeah, so, meet Max.

We weren’t really planning on adopting another dog. But, come on. That face.

We were having lunch at Cato’s in Oakland, and across the street there was an adoption event.

“Let’s look at the dogs,” I said. So naive.

Next thing I know, this happened:

Calvin named him Max after the dog in “The Grinch.”

He’s 11 weeks old, and he’s from Puerto Rico. Here’s the story about him and his family on the Rocket Dog Rescue site.

He’s probably going to get to 45-55 pounds. That’s the biggest dog we’ve ever had. Toby and Max are getting long, but Toby keeps putting him in his place. Toby is very possessive of his food, his blanket and his Sonia.

Our cat Kubo is curious and brave. They’re not friends yet, but I think it will happen.

Max is smart and eager to please. He’s a real sweetheart.

Welcome to The MansTracy family, Max.


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Empire state of mind

Yeah, so, I’m 49 years old and up until last week I had never been to New York.

I know, I know. It’s ridiculous.

Our good friends John and Chris moved to New York earlier this year, and they were kind enough to offer us their guest room. Also, my podcasting sister from another mister Margo lives in Brooklyn, and we were overdue to FINALLY meet in person.

My mighty, mighty good man David and I had an amazing time.

We went to The Met. We saw two Broadway shows. We went to the top of the Empire State Building. We visited Rockafellar Center. We walked the High Line and the Brooklyn Bridge. We went to Washington Square Park, and we checked out the Union Street Holiday Fair. We visited the 9/11 Memorial. We walked around Central Park and visited Strawberry Fields. We went to Brooklyn and checked out Prospect Park. We explored a bunch of neighborhoods, including Park Slope, Chelsea, Gramercy, Midtown, Times Square, Upper East Side and Upper West Side.

We walked 8 miles every day, according to my Apple Watch. We had delicious food and drank local beer every day.

Here are just a few of the photos from our adventures.

My first subway ride.

Our hosts with the most, John and Chris, on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous the day we walked the Brooklyn Bridge.

This place is super famous for trying to bury stories about Harvey Weinstein being a rapist.

They filmed “Ghostbusters” at New York Public Library, so I had to visit it.

David got pasta mixed and served from a cheese wheel. It was not vegan.

My first Broadway show, “Oklahoma,” was so great. I thought it was going to be all happy, but it was actually really dark. I loved it.

The High Line had great views.

This was my favorite beer on the trip: Double Fluffed from Interboro. It was sweet, but not too sweet. It kinda reminded me of Highwater’s Campfire Stout.

Time Square is crazy.

Margo is adorable (everybody drink), and I hugged the shit out of her multiple times! I am so happy I finally got to meet her in person. She’s my people.

If we moved to New York, I would want to live in Park Slope. It’s rad.

We visited Strong Rope Brewing in Park Slope, and I ordered a vegan pepperoni and mushroom pizza delivered from Screamers. It was delicious.

Seeing David Byrne was on David’s bucket list. “American Utopia” was so great. David Byrne is a treasure. The songs were awesome (duh), and the staging and choreography was fantastic. I left the show feeling hopeful, and that alone made it worth the price of the ticket.

I got some vegan ice cream from Van Leeuwen. It was earl grey and cookies, and it was everything I dreamed it would be.

We went to the top of the Empire State Building at midnight, and we had the entire thing to ourselves. There was just a few other people, no lines at all. It was cold, but clear. The views were … well, you can see for yourself.

Kooooooonnnnnggg!

The perfect end to our perfect trip … We got upgraded for first class on our flight home! We’re so fancy!

Thank you to Margo for meeting up for lunch with us, and Caroline and Sam for enjoying a vegan feast with us one night. A big thank you to John and Chris for hosting us! And finally, a massive thank you to my mom for spending the week with my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin so we could make it happen.