The Sonia Show

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

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Stitch fix

Yeah, so, my work is doing a secret gift exchange, and look at my gift!

Is it not the cutest fuckin’ thing ever? My coworker Eve nailed it. Seriously, it’s adorable. Everybody drink.

Meanwhile at Dorking Out …

And at What a Creep …


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Get a ‘Clue’ about Woody Allen

Yeah, so, here’s a rundown of this week’s podcast episodes.

At Dorking Out, Margo and I are talking about 1985’s “Clue,” starring everyone. During this rewatch I developed a new appreciation for Leslie Ann Warren’s Miss Scarlett, but Eileen Brennan’s Mrs. Peacock is still my style icon.

And over at What a Creep, we’re talking about Woody Allen.

We realize that for some this is a He Said/She Said situation, and we are Team She Said. And whether you believe Woody Allen sexually abused his daughter or not (and I think he did), he did have a sexual relationship with a young woman who was his children’s sister, and practically his step-daughter. That’s not up for debate. That’s a fact. That alone makes him a creep in my book.

ANYWAY, What a Creep is finding its audience, and that is really exciting. We have a Patreon page, and if you sign up you can get these adorable (everybody drink) charms and stickers.


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Wearing a mask is so hot right now

Yeah, so, like a lot of folks we’ve been quarantining for 4 months.

The idea was to flatten the curve until we learn more about COVID-19 and get closer to a vaccine. And then, because “economy!,” some states began loosening restrictions and businesses started opening. And now, surprise, there’s been a spike in cases again. So … not much as changed. The virus is still spreading. Our immune systems haven’t changed. There’s no vaccine.

Cool, cool.

I don’t want to shit all over people for going out. And I certainly don’t want to shit on people for going back to work. I know that some people didn’t even have a choice. I do want to shit all over people who are going out without masks. Wear a mask! If you don’t do anything else, just wear a mask. You’re protecting yourself and others.

The MansTracy household is still quarantining. I know that we’re lucky that we can. My mighty, mighty good man David and I have great jobs that allow us to work from home. We know that’s a privilege. When we go out, we wear a mask, because it’s not a big deal.


Do we want to be quarantining? Hell no. I miss seeing my people. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin said his only friends are in “Animal Crossing.” It wrecked us.

But quarantining and social distancing with a mask is the best way to be safe, so that’s what we’re doing.

I’ve been thinking about my chemo days lately. Gee, I wonder why. When you do chemotherapy, you have a compromised immune system. Even a common cold can turn into a big deal. That happened to me. I went out, and I was exposed to a common cold, which turned into a fever. I was hospitalized for three days.

I keep thinking about all the people who are in the middle of their cancer treatments. Can they even go to the hospital to continue their treatments during all of this? They have cancer, and they’re immunocompromised during a global pandemic. It must be terrifying.


I will never understand how quarantining and wearing a mask to help fight a global fuckin’ pandemic became a partisan issue.

My point is … red state, blue state, Democrat, Republican … surely, you know someone in your life who is worth saving.

Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. And WEAR A MASK!


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Dorking out about ‘Roll Bounce’

Yeah, so, Margo and I put on our skates and dork out about “Roll Bounce” for this week’s Dorking Out.

My friends, this movie is just a joy to watch with the best soundtrack. If you’ve never seen, do yourself a solid and watch it now. And if you’ve seen it before, watch it again. You won’t be sorry.

Dork out everywhere …

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Dorking out about ‘Summer School’

Yeah, so, this week’s Margo and I get a little hot for teacher and dork out about “Summer School,” starring Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alley.

We have a lot of thoughts about the characters Chainsaw and Dave. Before Bill and Ted, before Wayne and Garth, there were Chainsaw and Dave.

Dork out everywhere …


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Be safe my guys, gals, and non-binary pals

Yeah, so, there’s a lot going on right now.

There’s a lot of work to be done. I hope you’re calling your congresspeople, donating to organizations that fight for what’s right (if you can), and supporting Black Lives Matter while you wash your hands and practice social distancing.

I’m going to write another post soon about what I’m doing to become a better ally. In the meantime, I’m doing a lot of reading and a lot of listening.

But I also wanted to say that I’m going to updating this blog more often. The Sonia Show will be your one-stop-shop for everything Sonia. You don’t need to track me down on all the channels. I’ll update you with my latest podcast episodes, photos, and more.

So, if you’re looking for a distraction, we recently talked about two of my favorite comedies on Dorking Out: “Legally Blonde” and “Real Genius.” And we did another installment of what’s becoming one of my favorite topics: 80s/90s thrillers that are fuckin’ bananas. This time it’s “Single White Female.”

Over at What a Creep, we talked about Clark Gable and Jerry Lee Lewis, and we end those episodes with people are not creeps.

By the way, did you see our amazing new logo? It’s our first fan art! SERIOUSLY! It’s by Claudia, and it’s the best thing ever.

My guys, gals, and non-binary pals, please be safe. Take care of yourself. Wash your hands. Wear your masks. And if someone is being racist, sexist, or homophobic, call that shit out. It’s not a difference of opinion. They’re wrong, and you’re right.


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A decade under the influence

Yeah, so, it’s been 10 years!

My mighty, mighty good man David and I are celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary today. So much has happened in those 10 years. We created another human. We really leaned into that whole “in sickness and in health” thing, that’s for sure.

But the one thing hasn’t changed: We still love each other. We’re a team. We’ve always got each other’s back. We rarely argue because we know that our intentions are always good.

We always support each other. He doesn’t give me crap when I buy yet another dress for our already jam-packed closet. And I totally get it when another board game arrives on our doorstep.

“Me: I need to buy this dress with a wiener dog print.”
David: “Yeah, you do!”

David: “I’m going to buy this board game about trolleys that run over people.”
Me: “Duh.”

During these super weird and scary times, I take great comfort in knowing that I have this amazing partner in my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank him for no reason.

“Thank you.”
“For what?”

And then the answer is usually:

a) “For loving me.”
b) “For being awesome.”
c) “For being the best … around.
d) All of the above

We celebrate each other’s successes. We console each other when things are crappy. We drink craft beer and watch old movies. We talk about how much we miss baseball and our weekend adventures to breweries. We play Animal Crossing together and go on “dates” to the museum.

But mostly, we laugh a lot. We have a happy life.

Thank you, David, for marrying me.


The new normal

Yeah, so, how are you? Are you washing your hands? Are you staying home? Good job! Not all heroes wear capes, my friends.

It’s so strange. I feel like I’m busier than ever. Do you feel like that? I’m not commuting. I’m home all the time. I should feel like I have too much time on my hands. Instead, I feel swamped. Maybe that’s a good thing. It keeps me from overthinking and freaking out that we’re living through a global pandemic.

My work has been so great during this crazy time. The team is always finding fun projects and little things to make us feel connected. This week we launched a lunchtime radio hour. I’m hosting on Wednesdays, and the theme is songs from movies (duh).

I look so tired. No filter can fix that.

I’ve never hosted a radio hour before. Obviously, there were a few bumps, but the response was positive. And, more importantly, I had a good time. It’s all about MEEEEEEEEEE!

Speaking about MEEEEEEEEEE, I had to do an All About Me presentation at work. As readers of this blog you already know everything about me. I was pretty nervous about it. I was worried that I was oversharing, or maybe I’m boring. In the end, I decided to tell my story, and while it got pretty personal I’m glad I did it. I really, really love my job, and I want everyone to get to know me because I like getting to know them. Plus, I’m not going anywhere. Hopefully, they consider themselves warned.

So anyway, San Francisco schools are canceled until the fall. My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin has started online classes. It’s a challenge, but he’s getting the hang of it. He has speech twice a week, occupational therapy once a week, and a weekly check-in with his class.

Yes, Calvin has his own Macbook. I bought my work laptop when I left my old job. He’s so fancy.

When all of this first started I was carrying around a lot of guilt about Calvin. I was feeling like I was doing a shitty job. There’s a lot of folks out there that are being super creative about homeschooling their kids, and I tip my hat to them. They had color-coded schedules and shit like that. Some people are really dedicated and smart about it, and some are just, well, participating in something I call the Pinterest-ifcation of parenting. I try not to let that affect me. It’s important to remember that these are super weird times, and we’re all just doing the best we can. If your kid is getting way more screentime than usual, WHO CARES?! We’re dealing with a global fuckin’ pandemic. Do what you have to do to get through this.

Speaking of getting through this, we’re doing Saturday night movie nights with our good buddies Beegs and Sass. We kicked it off with “The Warriors.” We just set up a Zoom so we can see each other, and we start the movie at the same time. It’s a little wonky in that we can hear each other’s movies, and if the timing isn’t right, well, it’s not ideal. Still, it’s super fun, and we get to hang out with Beegs and Sass.

So, that’s how we’re dealing right now. Like everyone, we’re dealing with this new normal, and we’re trying to make the best of it.

And now, I’ll leave you with snuggling, warm, sleepy doggies.