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


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‘Easy’ Does It

Yeah, so, I’ve been busy with work and being sick, which are both full-time jobs, so I’ve been slacking here. My apologies. I’ve got a ton of random things to say, so let’s get right to it. Here’s six things I’m loving right now.

1. “Easy” by Sky Ferreira

I went on and on about my love for the movie “Baby Driver” on the podcast, so I won’t repeat it here. But, man oh man, I love this song so much. I can’t stop listening to it. Even when I’m not listening to it, it’s still playing in my head.

2. Zenni Optical

When I got a new prescription the first thing I did was start ordering new glasses online, because it’s cheaper and it’s kinda fun. I’ve decided that since I have to wear glasses every day I really need more than two pairs. Basically, I’ve stopped buying so many dresses and started buying glasses.

I have some nice glasses that I got through LensCrafters, but even with eye care insurance I end up spending $200-$300 for a pair of glasses. I love those glasses, but I want some variety, and I don’t want to pay big bucks. My buddy Jennifer introduced me to Zenni Optical, and I’ve got a few really fun pairs of glasses for $25-$35 each. Seriously!

These glasses are my faves right now. They have a ’50s look about them, and I think they are super fun.

I wore them to my parents’ house last week, and my dad said, “What the hell is up with your glasses?”

Me: “I like them. I think they are fun.”
Dad: “I guess.”

Of course, I’m not going to take style advice from my dad. If I did, I’d have to get a pair of camouflage glasses … and grow my hair out … and dye it blond.

I wore them to the Oakland office on Tuesday, and a coworker said, “Oh, new glasses. They are … interesting.”

My “Toddler Grandma Style” is an acquired taste. I get it. But the truth is, I don’t really care if people don’t like it. I like it. I describe my style now as “I wear want I want.”

So anyway, I think these glasses below are pretty OK, too. They are not flashy. They are perfectly fine, everyday glasses.

It’s tricky when you buy glasses online. I’ve uploaded a photo to Zenni, and I try them on online, but you really don’t know until you really try them on if you’re going to like them. For example, these super-thick hard-rim glasses below are kinda fun, but I’m not sure I really love them. But for $25 I was like, “Why not?” I mainly wear them around the house, which is good, because I’m always fuckin’ up my nice glasses when I’m screwing around in the house – either rough housing with Calvin or just being a spaz.

I’ve got my eye on a few more pairs of glasses from Zenni, so be on the lookout for a lot of selfies on my Instagram.

3. Our new Dorking Out logo by Jeff Heermann

We’ve had what was supposed to be a temporary logo for a year, so I asked my friend Jeff, who is a super talented artist, if he would help a sister out with a new logo. Look how great it is! It’s soooo awesome! I love, love, LOVE it!

Also, I forgot to write a blog post about this week’s show. You should listen to this week’s show. I didn’t get a chance to see “Spider-Man: Homecoming” before we recorded, so Ben Weddell from “Big Ben’s Movie Show” sat in with Smith to talk about it. I show up in the second segment to review “Glow,” which I think is rad, and everyone should watch it.

4. Roku

We got a Roku, you guys! It’s got a really intuitive interface that kinda reminds me of Tivo. We’ve been looking to ditch Comcast for a long time, because Comcast is stupid and crazy expensive. The Comcast On Demand sucks ass, and the only reason we were holding on to it was because we wanted TCM and local baseball. Roku has both of those things, plus it’s cheaper AND it’s got the Film Struck app. So long, Comcast. You’re the worst.

5. The Great British Baking Show on Netflix

I love cooking shows, but I’m so over all the competitive ones. I used to be really into “Top Chef,” but I just hate all the manufactured drama. My mighty, mighty good man David and I stopped watching “Top Chef” when we discovered “Cooked” and “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. We just want to watch people cook while they talk about why they cook. I don’t care about some perceived slight of some asshole chef in a competition show in which they are all forced to live together, too. This is why I am in love with “The Great British Baking Show.”

It’s just people baking. It is a competition show, but the bakers are not really competitive. If anything, they are competing against ingredients and time, not each other. Everyone on the show is super nice and polite. And they are not super chefs. They are not James Beard winners or any kind of baking professionals. They are just regular ol’ folks who like baking. I find it very relaxing to watch it. I find is inspiring, too. I bought a book about baking bread, because BREAD!

6. Zootopia

My mighty, mighty good boy Calvin goes through phases with movies and TV shows. You might remember that a few months ago, Calvin was all about “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” I never got tired of watching it. Now, he’s all about “Zootopia.”

I liked “Zootopia” a lot when I saw in the theater. I still think “Kubo And The Two Strings” was the best animated movie last year, but “Zootopia” is a solid movie. Calvin enjoyed it in the theater, too, but never asked about it again. It recently popped up on Netflix, and I thought I’d give it shot and see if he liked it. He likes it … a lot. I think we’ve watched it every night for the past two weeks.

His favorite part is always changing, but right now it’s when Officer Judy Hopps, on her first day on the police force, holds up her fist for a fist bump and asks “Are you ready to make the world a better place?” Calvin runs up and says, “Mommy, are you ready to make the world a better place?” And then we fist bump. I would be totally fine with it if he wanted to do this every day forever.

He’s also super into the Shakira song “Try Everything,” which plays in the movie and over the end credits. We’re listening to it nonstop in the car. He won’t let me sing or dance to it, though, which is a very strange form of torture. It takes all my will power not to sing or dance to it. I often fail, and he just has to deal with my terrible singing and dancing.


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Put a Bird On It

Yeah, so, a few weeks ago I won a free ticket to Rock Prom, which was a fundraising event for Bay Area Girls Rock Camp.

My good buddy Jess was on a fundraising team, and I donated because I like girls and rock. I was entered into a drawing and won, which doesn’t happen to me very often.

Anyway, Jess and her team were called “Pretty In Pink,” and they were all wearing pink dresses, she told me. I know that Jess and her friends are super into gorgeous vintage clothes, but there was no way I was going to have time to find something super rad to wear. In fact, I didn’t even own a pink dress. I went on Amazon and bought a ridiculous pink dress with flamingoes on it, because I’m a ridiculous person.

Jess and I doing our awkward prom pose.

I seriously debated wearing this hat with it.

So, I show up to the event and Jess and her teammates look AMAZING. Seriously. Beautiful, fun vintage dresses and tiaras – the works. Meanwhile, I’m wearing a $20 dress with flamingoes I bought on Amazon.

I texted David, “All of Jess’s friends look amazing and beautiful in their vintage dresses, and I’m wearing a $20 dress with flamingoes on it.”

“That’s why I love you,” he replied.

I’m such a goober.

Of course, it didn’t matter. Jess and her friends are rad people, and I had a great time. If you are interested in Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, you can check it out riiiight here.


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Plaid Pants, Herb Gardens And Other Things I’m Loving Right Now

Yeah, so, let’s talk about the six things I’m loving right now.

The Pant from American Giant

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My mighty, mighty good man David is American Giant’s biggest fanboy. He’s always buying hoodies and sweatshirts from them. He’s the one who gave me the heads up about these pants, and I’m so glad he did. These pants are rad. They are comfortable and cute. They are perfect for lounging around the house and walking the dog, but if I put on a pair of boots and a cute top, you’d never know how comfortable I am.

Plaid Pants From ModCloth

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Speaking of pants, I bought these plaid pants from ModCloth, and I’m in love with them. I immediately went back and ordered a second pair in blue and green plaid. They are so stylish (if I don’t say so myself) and, well, they are just more fun than wearing jeans. I dress them up with some cute flats and a top, or dress ‘em down with my Converse and graphic tee.

My New Herb Garden

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I would be a terrible farmer. I kill all plants, and I look terrible in overalls.  David bought me an Aerospace Herb Garden for Christmas. It’s a small, counter top herb garden with a digital display that tells me when to water it, when to put in nutrients. Basically, it prevents me from killing it. I’m growing basil, thyme, dill, parsley, Thai basil and mint. And, as you can see, after two weeks I still haven’t managed to murder the herbs. I can’t wait to cook with them.

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

I don’t want to write about it too much here, because we’re going to talk about it on next week’s podcast. BUT, I really like what I’ve seen so far of this Netflix series. It’s got a “Pushing Daisies” vibe about it, and I’m digging it. I never read the books or saw the Jim Carrey movie. My niece Lorelei read all the books, and she’s a big fan of the series, watching all eight episodes in one day.

This Guy

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My good buddy Smith, co-host of Dorking Out with Chris and Sonia, works really hard on our show. I need to give him shout-out. While I’m the one that’s managing the blog and social media channels, he’s the one doing the much more difficult production work on Dorking Out, Dorking Out About Trailers, the Special Bulletins, AND the Pop Show for Assignment X. That’s a lot of unpaid work. I give him a lot of shit on the show, but he’s actually a good guy and a talented writer. You’ll get to find out for yourself soon when he releases his book, “Jett Jergens And The Infinity Key.” And that’s the last nice thing I’m going to say about him for a while, because if I say anymore he’ll get an even bigger head.

This Tweet

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Seriously, I’ve been laughing about this tweet since I saw it earlier this week.


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Dorking Out Episode 28: 2017 Preview And More Thoughts About ‘La La Land’

Yeah, so, in this week’s episode of Dorking Out we share the movies, TV shows, books and podcasts we’re most anticipating in 2017, including “Wonder Woman,” “Twin Peaks,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Serial Season 3,” “American Crime Story Season 2,” “Star Trek: Discovery” “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and a ton more.

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We also talk a little bit more about “La La Land,” which is my favorite movie of 2017. You should see it. It’s so wonderful. My mighty, mighty good man David and I have been talking about the movie and humming the songs for a few weeks now. It’s beautiful to look at. The singing and dancing are terrific. And it’s a very sweet love story. It’s about the kind of relationships you have in your 20s; the kind of relationships that help you figure out who you are and what you want. I can’t stop thinking about this movie, and not just because I want all the dresses that Emma Stone wears in it.

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So anyway, 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 lovin’ – ‘Spotlight,’ podcasts, San Francisco and more

Yeah, so, it’s Friday. Let’s kick off the weekend with some positive shit. Here are six things I’m lovin’ lately.

“Spotlight”

Some of the Oscar-nominated movies are On Demand right now, which means I can actually see some of them before the show at the end of the month. I already shared all my thoughts and feelings about “Room.” I watched “Spotlight” the other night, and it’s really, really good. It’s an excellent example of what my good buddy Smith calls, “competency porn.” Everyone is really good at their job, and it’s so interesting to watch.

Just in case you have no idea what “Spotlight” is about let me fill you in: It’s about a little boy who goes to wizarding school … I kid. It’s a true story about the team of journalists for the Boston Globe who exposed the Catholic church sex scandal, starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

I worked for several newspapers for a decade, so whenever I watch a movie or TV show that is set in a newspaper one of two things happen. Either I think: 1) “They got it wrong. Newspapers are not like that”; or 2) “I miss working at a newspaper.”

“Spotlight” falls under #2.

There were an entire generation of journalists who saw “All The President’s Men” and were inspired to be journalists. I wouldn’t be surprised if “Spotlight” has a similar influence.

It’s really great. You should watch it.

This Denim Skirt

I’ve had this idea in my head for a while about this perfect denim skirt. A denim skirt that hits me at the knees. It doesn’t have a slit in the back that gives everyone a free show every time I bend over. A skirt that I could wear on weekends with sandals, but I also could wear it with boots or a cute pair of flats to work.

I finally found it at LL Bean. I don’t know jack about LL Bean. It might be an old lady store, but I kinda don’t give a shit, because this skirt is fuckin’ rad.

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You will probably see a million photos of me this year in this skirt. Get used to it.

Lime Cilantro Slaw from “Thug Kitchen”

I made these really delicious roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with lime cilantro slaw from “Thug Kitchen” a week or so ago, and now I’m totally addicted to the coleslaw I made for it.

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Seriously, you guys. It’s so fuckin’ good. The slaw takes five seconds to make, and I just want to eat it with everything.

Podcasting

Apparently, I’m one of those assholes that really likes the sound of her own voice, because I’m really enjoying podcasting.

I don’t think I’m particularly good at it, but I don’t walk into a new thing that think that I will be instantly good at it. It takes practice. I think I’m getting better. I’m working on my nervous laughter after everything I say. I’m trying to cut down on the “likes” and “ummms.”

Back when I was a TV critic in the early 2000s, I used to do the Ronn Owens show on KGO 810AM. It was super fun. Other than that, I don’t have any experience with this sort of thing.

Mighty, mighty good man David used to do a podcast at his old job. He really loved it. He came up with the idea that we should do our own podcast about old movies and beer, and – ta-dah – Old Movies, New Beer was born.

Then, last December, my long-time friend Anthony – director of the “Sharknado” movies #humblebrag – asked me to appear on his podcast, The Pop Show. And we’ve been recording almost once a week since then.

It’s been so fun to think and talk about pop culture and entertainment again. Plus, it gives me the opportunity to talk to two of my oldest friends, Anthony and Smith – not to mention Peter (also known as Master P or P Biddy), who served at The Examiner with me. That’s right “served” – I talk about my time at The Examiner like I was in war or something.

If you guys are listening to either of the podcasts, I would love to hear what you think. Feedback is fun!

Baseball

You guys! Baseball is starting. I mean, spring training is starting, and that’s good enough for me. I am ridiculously excited for baseball to start. You know why? Because it’s an even year. That means it’s the San Francisco Giants turn to win the World Series again.

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San Francisco

I love living in one of the best cities in the world. The City is changing, and not always in a good way. I get super bummed about the direction San Francisco is headed. The tech bro mentality is frustrating, but the nonstop whiny and complaining about the tech bro mentality is also frustrating.

But then this happens, and I’m like, “Oh San Francisco! I can’t stay mad at you.”

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My weekend involved a party dress and a pig with no pants. And you?

Yeah, so, we’re losers.

Mighty, mighty good man David and I went to my office “holiday” party on Saturday night, and once again, we didn’t win any prizes in the raffle. WHY DOES GOD HATE ME? Is it because I don’t believe in him?

My office buddy Jennifer won a big flat-screen TV. She’s good people. She deserves to have a fancy flat-screen TV. I, on the other hand, probably would have traded away my prize for more drink tickets or some magic beans. I can’t be trusted. At least there was a photo booth at the party. Hilarity ensued.

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Also, I got to wear a very cute dress I bought at ModCloth, which is my current obsession. See?

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My favorite things in this photo are the dress and all the Spawn’s toys in the background. Obviously, we are not neat freaks in the Manstracy household.

On Sunday, we packed up the Spawn and met up with good buddies Jess, Jeff and little Henry at Children’s Fairyland in Oakland.

For those who do not know what it is, Children’s Fairyland is a park filled little scenes from fairy tales. You know, Jack & Jill, The Old Lady in the Shoe, Peter Rabbit, etc. So, you can imagine how surprised I was to discover some pornographic images in a park that is supposedly for kids.

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No pants! Naughty!

Actually, it’s a pretty damn cute park. We had a good time. The Boy is still a little young for it, but when he is 3, he will go nuts in there. He did love the pirate ship and spent a little time steering and being cute, as is his way.

One of my favorite things in the park is all the hand-painted signs. They are pretty neat. Of course, they are not as awesome as the hand-painted signs that my friend Jess makes and sells in her Etsy Shop. (You guys should check them out. You won’t be sorry.) I seriously debated stealing this one and hanging it in my cube at work.

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I can’t decide: Should I be a racist or douchebag for Halloween?

Yeah, so, it went to the Halloween Spirit store, and boy was it scary. And by “scary” I mean, it’s scary that some people think these costumes are a good idea.

Here are a few of my favorites.

If you want to be a racist for Halloween, then I found the perfect costume for you.

And if you want to wear a Douchebag costume, I found this one:

I also found the popular STD Carrier costume:

Oh, and this exists.

And, if you are looking to dress up as me for Halloween, or if you ever wondered where I bought my glasses, then look for further than the Halloween Spirit store.

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For more ranting about horrible Halloween costumes, check out last week’s blog post, which includes the worst of the worst at Target.


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Math is hard

Yeah, so, this T-shirt has me all bent out of shape today.

This shirt was being sold at JCPenney in the Girls Department. What a great message to send to girls ages 7 to 16. Being smart is for boys. Girls just need to be pretty.

I read an article about it on Jezebel today. Of course, after being alerted by the media that the shirt is offensive, it is no longer being sold.  I love that the media had to tell them it was offensive. No one at JCPenney thought the shirt was offensive?! They needed some reporters to point it out. Really?

This is wrong on pretty much every level. Either:

A) No one (specifically not one woman) at JCPenney said, “Hey, this shirt is offensive. It’s bullshit.”

B) Someone did speak up but they were ignored by the highers-up.

So, which is it, JCPenney? Are you a bunch of clueless dumb asses or sexist assholes?

The whole thing reminds me of an episode of “The Simpsons.” Well, everything reminds me of an episode of “The Simpsons.”


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Nailed it

Yeah, so, I am completely amazed.

I got my nails done a week ago, and they have not clipped. At all! They look as good as they when I walked out of the salon.

A week ago, good buddy DH took pity on me and agreed to get a pedicure and manicure. I get mani and pedis every once in a while, but I usually do my own nails. But now, with this pregnant belly in the way, it’s more difficult to do my toes, so I asked DH if she’d like to talk shit at a salon instead of over brunch.

DH: “I’ll go with you, but only if we get the gel polish.”

Me: “I don’t know what that is, but OK.”

Turns out, it’s a special nail polish that is dried with a UV light between coats. The polish dries in a matter of minutes, which means there is no smudging your polish when getting the money out of your wallet to pay for the manicure. I had never heard of it before. I guess I need to start reading more girly magazines.

So anyway, I had my nails done at Salon Belle Linda on California Street. It’s a week later, and my nails still look awesome. See?

I figured it is my duty as a chick to share this revelation with you. Gentlemen, I apologize for the chickness of this post.