The Sonia Show

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


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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.


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Lizzo is good as hell

Yeah, so, like every other woman over 40 I’m completely in love with Lizzo. A few days before Halloween she came to San Francisco for two nights, and she was good as hell.

My sister Michelle and I had such a good time. The audience was the nicest and most polite audience I’ve ever seen at a concert.

I saw a woman trying to take a selfie in the restroom, and another woman (a stranger!) said, “You look so great. Let me take that photo for you.”

The crowd was mainly women and gay men, so it was also the most apologetic group ever.

“No, I’m sorry.”
“No, no. It was my fault.”
“You first.”
“No, I’m sorry. You first.”

Since the concert was a few nights before Halloween, and I knew everyone would have a 100% That Bitch shirt I decided to get something a little different.

Of course, my silly shirt wasn’t the best outfit at the concert. While waiting in line to get into the concert, I saw the most amazing jacket. I couldn’t stop staring at it, and repeatedly asking Michelle, “Whooooooose jacket is this?”

Sometimes I just text her this photo and ask her again, “Whooooooose jacket is this?” I will never not be funny to me.

 


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New York, new hair, new job and new podcasts

Yeah, so, in a week I’m going to be in NYC for the first time! Whaaaaaa?

It’s kinda stupid that I have never been to New York, so my mighty, mighty good man David and I are finally making it happen.

Stay tuned to this blog or my Instagram for photos and updates on our adventures. Don’t go to Facebook, because I’m thisclose to deactivating my account.

We’re going to stay with our good buddies John and Chris, and I can’t wait to see them and catch up. And, AND, I’m finally going to meet my podcasting sister from another mister in person, Margo.

I know, right? That’s some pretty exciting stuff.

Other exciting stuff, my hair is pink now. It’s like a sunset on my head.

Oh, and my new job is going great. I’m so happy. The UX content strategy team recently had an offsite. It was just three days of talking about words, voice, and tone. It was so rad.

After 10 years at the same job, this has been a big change for me. Obviously, the job responsibilities are different, but the culture is different. It’s a tech company, and everyone is really creative. They have really interesting hobbies, and the company is supportive of that. There isn’t this culture of pretending that your life stops when you walk into the building from 9 to 5, if that makes sense.

For example, I can tell people that I write a blog or co-host three podcasts, and they ask where they can find them. Everyone follows each other on social media. Everyone seems really interested in each other’s creative pursuits.

Also, there was a board game night, which gave me an opportunity to show off David’s amazing board game collection. Here’s V, Sara and I playing Doxie Dash.

My favorite quote of the night: “What am I going to do with this bra?” – V

So, yeah, I’m really happy there. The other day the office brought in puppies. Seriously.

Speaking of puppies, last week David, Calvin and I went to Faction Brewing in Alameda with Beegs, Sass, and Levi, and we brought Toby. He made some friends while he was there.

A few quick podcast updates for you

What a Creep has a Patreon page now, so if you want to kick us a few bucks to keep What a Creep going, you’ll get access to our super-fun bonus episodes. Margo and I have a cocktail and talk shit. You’ll love it.

Over at Dorking Out, we’re doing #90sinNovember. We dorked out about “The Craft,” “Encino Man” and “Disclosure” with Adam Riske from F This Movie.

 


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Robin Hood is a total fox

Yeah, so, let’s talk about creeeeeeps. We kicked off season 3 (!) of What a Creep, and this time we went a little old school. Margo tells me why Errol Flynn is a creep, and we decide that the Fox in the animated “Robin Hood” is the sexiest Robin Hood.

We’ve got a modern creep coming this week. I don’t want to reveal who is it now, but I’ll say that we’re going to have a really great conversation about punching up and punching down when it comes to standup comedy.

Over at Dorking Out headquarters, we’re celebrating F This Movie’s #ScaryMovieMonth. We dork out about “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and “Poltergeist.” We’ve got a few more scary episodes this month.

We’re celebrating season 5 (!) in November with a theme: 90s in November. If you have a movies from the 90s you’d love for us to dork out about, let us know on Twitter or send us an email at dorkingoutshow@gmail.com.

 

 


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Grateful Eight

Yeah, so, yesterday my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin turned 8.

I am so in awe of Calvin. He is kind, smart, funny and honest. The world would be a better place if we had more Calvins in it.

Calvin has inspired me to look for the good in people; to be kinder; to try to understand other people’s challenges.

And he encourages me to apply that understanding to myself, too. My inner voice can be cruel. “You’re dumb. You’re fat. You’re failing.” But when Calvin looks at me, he doesn’t see that, and he reminds me that I’m not those things. And then I tell my inner bitch to STFU.

Calvin has also encouraged me to be more outspoken when I see something wrong. I’ve never been a very political person, but it’s because of Calvin, and my desire to make the world a better place for him, that I’m drunk dialing my representatives and donating money to organizations and candidates that fight for what’s right. I will never run for office, but I fight for what’s right in my own way.

Calvin has made me a better person.

OK, enough mushy stuff …

So, yeah, after years of ceiling fan obsession and repeated asking, Calvin finally got his very own ceiling fan!

For years, Calvin has been watching ceiling fan videos. I bet you didn’t know that was a thing. It is. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of videos about fans and ceiling fans.

I suspect Calvin could install his own ceiling fan, but instead, Calvin picked out the fan and we paid for it. Then my parents paid for the installation. He’s SO HAPPY.

I filmed the entire installation, so if you’re really into that sort of thing, you can watch it here.

We had a small birthday party at Michelle and Dale’s new house to celebrate. And even though the weather wasn’t as warm as we hoped, that didn’t stop Calvin from swimming.

I don’t know if anything can top last year’s Muni bus cake, but this Bart cake from My Favorite Bite is pretty damn close. Maybe next year we will get a Caltrain cake …

Other things that happened at the party …

Calvin opened up all of his gifts without our knowledge, and after we told him he could get into the pool, he didn’t wait for his swimsuit. He just got naked and jumped in, which is so Calvin.

Big, super thanks to my sister Michelle and her man Dale for hosting Calvin’s birthday! You’re the best aunt and uncle Calvin could ask for.


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Bangs!

Yeah, so, I’m so happy at my new job.

I love the work, and the company seems to treat its employees really well. I’m learning a lot, and I’m enjoying being a part of a company that’s growing and has a brand voice that is fun and friendly. I think it’s a good fit.

I went to the company picnic, and I had fun. See?

In other news, I got bangs.

I have decided to grow up my pixie cut and try for a French bob. This bob is a little short now, but I know I’ll love it when it hits chin length. But now, I look like Annie Potts in “Ghostbusters 2,” which I’m totally fine with. And hey, it beats being bald.

In other news, I’ve got a few podcasts for you …

Over at Dorking Out, good buddy Margo and I dorked out about “The First Wives Club,” “IT Chapter Two,” “Dick Tracy,” “Smokey and the Bandit,” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

And on What a Creep, we just wrapped up season 2! We talked about Alan Dershowitz, Roman Polanski, James Woods, Harvey Weinstein, and Bill Cosby.

 


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Take this job and love it

Yeah, so, after 10 1/2 years, today is my last day at PsPrint/Deluxe. I’ll be starting at Zendesk in September as a UX content strategist, and I’m soooooo happy.

My life has changed so much since I first started at PsPrint. My mighty, mighty good man David and I had been together about 2 months at that point. Soon, we moved in together (my first-time living with a boyfriend even though I was in my 30s). I got breast cancer. I had a mastectomy on one side. We got married. We had a baby. I got breast cancer again. I had a mastectomy on the other side. I did chemotherapy. I came back to work and moved from the Oakland office to the San Francisco office.

And during that time, my job changed from managing the PsPrint Blog to being responsible for all the content on the website and launching all of their social channels. I wrote promotional emails and transactional emails. I wrote UX copy. I handled angry customers on social media. I produced videos. I hosted webinars.

I learned so much about content creation and, well, about myself during my time at PsPrint and Deluxe. I’m stronger than I thought, and I’m more confident now. And I met some truly awesome people. Today I’m saying goodbye to many of them as coworkers and hello to them as my friends.

So, yeah, you guys! I’m so freakin’ excited for my new role with a new team at a new company.


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Dinner table traffic jam

Yeah, so, most nights we eat dinner in the living room because we’re disgusting animals who hardly eat at the dinner table. Also, it’s usually the best temperature in the house: cooler when it’s hot outside, warm when it’s cold outside.

Anyway, one of the other reasons we don’t eat at the kitchen table is because my mighty, mighty good boy lines up all of his cars on the table. He’s got a very specific traffic jam on the table, and instead of removing the cars every night for dinner, we just leave them there. It’s not a big deal. He likes them there, and we like eating in the living room. It’s comfy.

However, we do remove the traffic jam for guests and parties. Last night a friend was coming over for dinner, so I asked Calvin to move the cars temporarily.

“There’s still room on the table to eat. We can leave them,” he negotiated.

“Nooooope. Let’s move the cars for just a little bit, and you can put them back after dinner.”

After a little back and forth, he reluctantly put them away but mentioned putting them back about – hmmm – every 3 minutes.

Eventually, he moved on to other things that evening, but guess what’s he was doing first thing this morning?

 


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The shoe is on the other foot

Yeah, so, this morning my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin asked if he could wear two different shoes.

“They’re the same, but different colors,” he said.

“Yeah, but you should wear matching shoes,” I replied.

“Why?”

“Ummm, errrr. Actually, I don’t know why you have to wear matching shoes. You don’t. Go for it!”

He ran around the house, excitedly: “Look how colorful my shoes are!”

I think Calvin is very fashion-forward. In a few weeks, all the kids at school will be wearing mismatched shoes. You’ll see.


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This week in podcasting: Betsy DeVos, Footloose and more

Yeah, so, here’s a few podcasting updates for you …

Over at Dorking Out, Margo and I chat about about “Footloose“, “Just One Of The Guys” and “Old School.

And over at What a Creep, we explain why Betsy DeVos, Jeffrey Epstein and Charlie Sheen are garbage people.

Here’s actual footage of me talking about Betsy DeVos …