1. Our local soccer team, Sporting KC, won the U.S. Open Cup, and they won their match today, and I just love our soccer guys! They go out there and play their hearts out, and it's so amazing to watch. I look forward to the rest of the season, and I can't wait to see them celebrated as (hopefully) the MLS champs this year!
2. This week I have discovered a new podcast that I am loving. In fact, I checked earlier, and somehow last week I binged enough that I am caught up. Which I find a little disappointing. But the podcast is called True Crime Obsessed, and it's hosted by Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle. They are theater people, so there is no lack of drama. It's a little like talking about your favorite true crime documentaries with your two best friends. I don't necessarily think it's for everyone, as they can be a little intense, and because not everyone enjoys conversations about true crime documentaries, but for those of us who love true crime and documentaries and theater people, it's just the thing. It's the bees' knees. It's the cat's pajamas. And if you like that sort of thing, give them a try. Bonus: they did an episode on Catfish (the movie, not the tv show) that I absolutely loved. True Crime Obsessed is just good listening.
3. Old friends and good food. This weekend has been about hanging out with one of my best friends from college and getting caught up on the 4 or 5 years since I last got to see him. We've eaten amazing food from all over Kansas City (tonight's dinner from my own kitchen, my ruin-you-for-other-potpies chicken pot pie, which I have gratefully ripped off from Joanne Chang's Flour 2). We've drank really good beers and ciders. And we've just enjoyed each other's company for a relaxed, relaxing weekend of laughing, eating, drinking, watching sports (I did warn him in advance--it's not my fault it's football season!), sharing a few moments of our lives, and getting ignored by an adorable cat. I am very grateful for these moments, and I look forward to the next visit (which can't be as long this time!!).
*what is making me happy this week