The Sonia Show

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


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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.


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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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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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Being creepy

Yeah, so, I’m super excited to announce that my new podcast with Margo D. is out there in the world.

It’s “What a Creep,” and every week we will talk about a creep. But don’t worry. We don’t want you to think the world is a complete dumpster fire, so we’re adding every episode with someone who isn’t a creep. So far, we’ve talked about Lance Armstrong, Newt Gingrich, Elizabeth Holmes and Mel Gibson.

You’d think that talking about someone who is a huge asshole wouldn’t be fun, but I swear it is. You should listen. Coming out this Friday is Chevy Chase. Be glad that he’s Chevy Chase and you’re not is all I’m saying.

In other podcasting news, there are a few new Dorking Out episodes for you to catch up on, including “Speed,” “Fatal Attraction” and “Baby Boom.”

Up next for Dorking Out is “Creed,” which most likely includes “Rocky” and “Creed 2” in the discussion.

 


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It’s business time

Yeah, so, I’m going to Confab, a content strategy conference in Minneapolis next week.

In preparation for it, I decided to print some business cards for myself. I wanted a business card that truly reflected my personality and showcased the aspect of content strategy that is really important to me: the fun part.

What do you think?

Please ignore my awful, chipped nail polish. I know, I know.


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Anyone But Trump 2020

Yeah, so, I’m not going to lie … I really wish Bernie Sanders had sat this one out. I’m super, SUPER liberal, but I wasn’t impressed in 2016, and I’m not impressed now. I would have preferred he endorsed someone else and acted as the elder statesman (He’s 77 years old, my friends!) of the progressive movement that he is.

But I’m not writing this to shit all over Bernie Sanders. And I’m not writing this to shit all over Bernie supporters. (Although he has a very vocal group in his supporters, the Bernie Bros, who are real assholes.) Some of my best friends are Bernie fans. Seriously. I’m not just saying that in the way that racists try to pretend they’re not racist by pointing to their one African American friend. During the 2016 election we talked about our political differences like this:

My friend: “I’m going to vote for Bernie.”
Me: “Cool. I’m voting for Hillary.”

The end.

I’m writing this because things are already getting shitty on social media, and I think it’s important that we stick together! We need to do the right thing in 2020, my friends.

Bernie is not my candidate. I’m more of a Kamala Harris girl, or maybe Beto if he announces. That said, if Bernie wins the Democratic nomination, I will vote for him. I will vote for whomever the Democrat candidate is because that candidate will answer “no” to all my deciding questions.

  • Do you plan to separate parents and children at the border and keep children in cages?
  • Do you base policy decisions on “Fox & Friends” segments?
  • Do you require 5 hours of “executive time?”
  • Do you think some Nazis are “very fine people?”
  • Do you think abortion should be illegal in every case?
  • Do you think that journalists are the enemy of the people?
  • Do you want to take away people’s health care?
  • Do you want to give tax cuts to millionaires and make the lower and middle class pay for it?
  • Do think vaccines cause autism?
  • Will you embarrass this country on the world stage by acting like an entitled child?
  • Are you a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot?

If the Democratic candidate answers “no” to all of these questions, truthfully, then they get my vote. I mean, Predator Trump could answer “no” to all of these questions, but we’d know he was lying, so seriously, fuck that guy.

So, yeah, come on, my friends: Let’s have a positive, energizing democratic primary and may the best woman win.


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Listen here

Yeah, so, I’ve got a few things for your listening pleasure.
My mighty, mighty good man David and I are on this week’s Storied SF. You can listen to Part 1 here, and part 2 is riiiight here. In part 1, we talk about how we met and how we ended up in San Francisco. In part 2, we talk about my cancer battles, getting married and raising an autistic son in San Francisco.

Image from Storied SF and film photography by Michelle Kilfeather

We recorded at Barebottle Brewing, which is one of our favorite breweries in San Francisco, It was really fun to record. You should listen to it.
But wait, there’s more!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Margo and I decide to talk about one of the greatest love stories of the 90s, “Point Break,” starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. If you think that’s an unusual choice for Valentine’s Day, you should really watch “Point Break” again.
You can listen to our “Point Break” episode of Dorking Out riiiiight here.


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Everybody nose

Yeah, so, as I mentioned, this flu has been kicking my ass all week. I’m still coughing, and I’m constantly blowing my nose. I wish I was exaggerating.

David: *waiting to speak*
Me: *blowing nose*
David: *still waiting*
Me: *continues blowing nose*
David: *waiting*
Me: *still blowing nose*
David: *crosses arms, waiting*
Me: *stops for a breath, then keeps blowing nose*
David: “Never mind.”

When I finally finished, he pointed out that I’m blowing my nose for almost comically long amounts of time.

I’m recording an episode of Dorking Out tomorrow, and well, I hope our listeners have virus protection on their listening devices. When I recorded with Margo last week, I was sick and she wasn’t. Shortly after, she caught the same flu. My flu is SO POWERFUL that I was able to infect her all the way in Brooklyn through Skype!

Please don’t let that stop you from listening to the podcast, though, because it’s really entertaining … if I don’t say so myself.


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That’s cold

Yeah, so, I caught a nasty cold. It’s really knocked me on my ass, and I’ve had to call into sick to work for two days to recover. I hate using my vacation days on a stupid cold, but I’m coughing so much, etc etc. You know the rest … it’s the same stupid fuckin’ cold we all get.

The only good thing about this cold is it gave me the opportunity to watch “Killing Eve” on Hulu, and – my friends! – “Killing Eve” is really great.

OK, there’s one other good thing about laying around on the couch all day. I get to hang out with these guys.

I need this cold to move along, because I’m traveling to Minnesota for work next week, and I don’t want to fly on a plane while sick. I also don’t want to stay in a hotel while sick. Also, I don’t want to be sick. I’m the biggest whiner when I have a cold, which is another reason for me to stay home. No one at work gets paid enough to listen to me bitch and whine about my cold. However, they do get paid enough to listen to me bitch and whine about everything else. I know. I know. I’m a fuckin’ joy to be around, and you wish you worked with me. I get it.

So, I have a theory about how I managed to catch this cold. Here’s actual footage of me after watching “St. Elmo’s Fire” for this week’s Dorking Out.

This episode of Dorking Out is the funniest one yet … if I don’t say so myself. “St. Elmo’s Fire” does not hold up. It’s filled with garbage people doing garbage things. So, if you want to hear two women rip up a movie, then you should definitely listen.