The Sonia Show

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


Short Bangs Are Better Than No Bangs: I’m Talking About Hair So Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter

Yeah, so, I went to get my hair cut and colored the other day. My hair dresser had to cut quite a bit. My hair grows pretty fast and it’s really thick now. It’s thick and curly!

I love the cut so much, but she did cut the bangs a little short. She cut them short with the idea that they would be perfect in a week. If she left them any longer I’d probably be bitching that they are in my eyes. So, yeah, they’re kinda short.

I came home from my hair appointment, and I said something to my mighty, mighty good man David.

“I love the cut, but the bangs are a little too short,” I said.

“Well, considering the fact that you were practically bald this time last year, I think you can live with short bangs,” he replied.

“Valid point, sir!”

He is not wrong.


What a difference a year makes, right?

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We got dressed up and went to a wedding

Yeah, so, last week my mighty, mighty good man David and I went to Joe and Megan’s wedding in Columbia.

Joe is one of David’s oldest friends. They are practically brothers, and David has always thought of Joe’s family as, well, family. Joe was the officiant at our wedding. See?


It was time for David to return the favor. David did an awesome job, because he’s an awesome guy. He opened the ceremony with the opening lines of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” because it’s so rad. “Dearly beloved. We are gathered here today to get through this thing called life. Electric word ‘life.'”


The officiant of this wedding is hot! I mean, he’s good looking, but also, he’s hot. It was like 100 degrees that day.

It was a great weekend. We got to visit with friends that we haven’t seen in a while. Plus, we had a reason to get dressed up all fancy and shit, and we love that. There was drinking and dancing – all good things.


We’re so fancy.

We had a wonderful weekend in gold rush country. We didn’t pan for gold. I guess we were feeling lucky; however we did ride shotgun on a stagecoach. #humblebrag


We didn’t bring mighty, mighty good boy Calvin to the wedding. I asked him if he wanted to go.

Me: “Do you want to go to a wedding where you have to sit still and be quiet, or do you want to go swimming with Grandma?”

Calvin: “Go swimming with Grandma.”



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Old Movies, New Beer podcast: Snow White

Yeah, so, mighty, mighty good man David and I finally go around to recording a new installment of “Old Movies, New Beer,” and this time we have a guest.

Oh la la. Our podcast is so fancy now. We have guests and shit.

One of my oldest friends, Chris Smith, is our first-ever guest, and we chat about Disney’s first full-length animated feature “Snow White.”


Smith and David are big Disney buffs, so there’s a lot of interesting discussion about the history of Disney and the creation of “Snow White.” We also have really fun discussion about what are favorite Disney movies are, and which Disney princesses are our favorites. Our choices will shock you!

I know I’ve been writing about a lot of podcasts here, and it’s about to get even worse, so consider yourself warned.

This episode of “Old Movies, New Beer” is just a taste of what listeners can expect from my new adventure in podcasting, “Dorking Out With Chris & Sonia,” which is launching really soon. It’s kind of a spinoff of “The Pop Show” podcast we do for Assignment X, but it’s a little bit more of a deeper dive on pop culture, entertainment and anything people like to dork out about. This podcast is not just about movies, TV shows and comic books. We all dork out about something whether it’s board games (ahem, David), craft beer, writing, music, vintage clothes or even sports. I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I think you will like it.

My apologies if the blog has been podcast heavy. None of this will affect your regularly scheduled The Sonia Show, I swear. I’ve been writing this blog for more than 13 years. I’ll still be writing about assy things here until the day I die, which will be a very, VERY long time from now – thank you very much. But, if you just can’t get enough of me – awww shucks – there’s even more of me to love. Wait, that came out wrong. Ugh. You know what I mean.


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Old Movies, New Beer podcast: Batman v Superman, sort of

Yeah, so, because I just love listening to the sound of my own voice, I have another podcast to promote this week.

Mighty, mighty good man David and I are talking about “Batman v Superman,” Old Movies, New Beer-style. In other words, we watched 1966’s “Batman,” based on the Adam West TV series, and 1978’s “Superman: The Movie,” starring Christopher Reeve. Plus, we’re drinking Blood Orange Ale by Flying Dog. Get it? Flying Dog! So fuckin’ clever, right?


You should listen to our podcast, because:

  • What started as a discussion about “Batman” and “Superman” turned into a discussion about superhero movies – what we expect from them; which ones are our favorites; and other deep thoughts.
  • It’s fun
  • We get drunk

You can listen to the podcast on our website or find us on iTunes riiiight here.


The Seven-Year Itch

Yeah, so, I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I went on my last-ever first date.





Happy dating anniversary to my mighty, mighty good man David!

I don’t even know what else to say. He’s my favorite person. He’s the best husband, father and friend a girl can ask for. I’m fuckin’ stoked that he agreed to be introduced to me seven years ago by a mutual friend. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without him. I’m sure it would really suck. I’m sure Calvin can’t image what his life would be like without David, because Calvin wouldn’t exist. I wouldn’t have agreed to have a baby with anyone else, so you’re welcome, world!


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Fear factor

Yeah, so, my biggest fear is that something will happen to my little family.

My second biggest fear is that a spider will touch me or even look at me. Eww. No.

So anyway, I love my boys so much, and the idea of anything happening to our happy, little family scares the crap out of me, which is why I agreed to chemo. I want to be around for a long time, and I want my family to stay together. We like being together. It’s gross cute.

Bundled into my biggest fear is that David will leave me. Of course, this is ridiculous. David would never leave me. He’s an amazing man, who for some stupid reason really, really loves me. *whispers* Sucker.

Well, I guess a more accurate description would be to say that I subconsciously fear that David will leave me. I don’t walk around all the time thinking David will leave me, but I have nightmares about it, because my brain is a stupid, insecure asshole. Sometimes, I tell David about the nightmares, and he mocks me for having them and then reassures me that I’m a silly person.

One night, he was quietly reading in bed, and I interrupted him, because he can’t have a peaceful moment to himself, without his busybody wife, kid or dog ruining it.

Me: “What are you reading?”

David: “How to pick up chicks.”

Me: “Oh good.”

David: “Actually, it’s the rules to a board game called Necromancer. It’s the opposite of how to pick up chicks. So, I think you’re good.”

David is the best.


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Let’s talk about beer or something, shall we?

Yeah, so, let’s talk about something else other than cancer. How about beer?

When mighty, mighty good man David and I went on our honeymoon to Paris and Belgium, we drank a lot of delicious beer. One of my favorites was Waterloo, which we had in a bar in Brussels. It was a strong dark ale, and it was served in a goblet. We drank a lot of beer on that trip, but that night in Brussels was the drunkest I got, and I wrote about it riiiight here. It’s one of my favorite stories from our trip, because it involves me yelling at a pickpocket: “I see you, and I’m taking your picture!”

So anyway, sadly, we could never find Waterloo here, and we certainly couldn’t get a hold of the precious goblet. David was always on the lookout for it, and, well, ta-dah!


It’s a Christmas miracle! David was able to find the goblets and the strong dark ale in a holiday beer pack that he ordered from a beer shop in Belgium for me for Christmas.

David gets me the nicest gifts.

Isn’t the goblet super cool? It reminds me of the grail in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”


We are planning to break in our new goblets tonight for our New Year’s Eve feast. Every year for New Year’s Eve, we stay home and David tries to recreate a meal we had on our honeymoon. This year, David is preparing Beef Bourguignon and pots de creme, and I think the Waterloo will go well with it.

Happy New Year, you guys!


Our Cookie Monster

Yeah, so, we all have our favorite food that makes us really happy.

Mine is a burrito. Man oh man, I love burritos. I would eat a burrito for every meal if I thought it wouldn’t make me a massive fatty before killing me.

The Kid has quite a few favorites. He likes crunchy things, and he really has no interest in candy. All of his Halloween candy was eaten by mighty, mighty good man David. The big favorites are popcorn, graham crackers and Cheerios. But the top, #1 favorite that makes Calvin really freak out and earns the biggest smile is a cookie.

Lately, David has been placing a cookie in an unexpected spot for Calvin to accidentally come across. It’s really funny to us every time. EVERY TIME. Sometimes David hides it in a little toy car; sometimes it’s sitting on Calvin’s favorite book; sometimes David just puts it on Calvin’s plate when he’s not looking. “OH MY GOD! You have a magic plate.”

Calvin has this awesome reaction every time. He gasps and points at it, “It’s a COOKIE!” The smile couldn’t be any bigger. Then he picks it up and he smells it like he is really going to savor this.

smellingthecookieAnd then …


As long-time readers of The Sonia Show know, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Why? Because any holiday that’s all about eating and drinking and I don’t have to buy gifts is pretty OK in my book.

One of my new favorite Thanksgiving traditions is watching the Thanksgiving parade with David. I love the Thanksgiving parade. It’s cheesy and ridiculous, which is why it’s awesome. David thinks it’s cheesy and ridiculous, and he hates it. So, check out my Twitter for random comments from David about the Thanksgiving parade. They are the best.

Happy Thanksgiving, you guys!


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Six years

Yeah, so, six years.

Six years ago, I met David. I’ve written a lot about all the things that happened (cancer, mastectomy, baby, roller bladers). In all seriousness, my life would suck without him. I’m super lucky to have such an amazing partner.

I wrote about our first date the next day on my blog. Of course, what I didn’t say in the blog post was how I knew immediately that I had found my mighty, mighty good man. I called my sister the next day, and I said, “This is the guy.”

OK, enough mushy stuff, I’ll just get the part that everyone likes: Then and now photos.

Then: December 2008.

Then: December 2008.

Now: October 2014

Now: October 2014

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Old Movies, New Beer: Flash Gordon and Green Flash Brewing

Yeah, so, the second installment of our podcast, “Old Movies, New Beer,” is up riiight here. We talk about “Flash Gordon” while drinking Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing.


Strangely, I had never seen “Flash Gordon” so I had some thoughts and feelings about it. Also, I sing on the podcast. Consider yourself warned.