Wednesday, December 10, 2014

So, am I skinny yet?

Well, it's now been a week and a half that I have been counting Weight Watchers points again - I started the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It's also Now been a full two weeks where I have run - at least one mile - every day, as part of the Runner's World Run Streak.  Last week on Tuesday, I went and joined the running group that I joined way back in August for their regular sprint workout (that left me sore for days.)

On Thursday I went to a Nike Training Club workout at the local Nike store, that I absolutely LOVED.  I did jumping jacks and squat jumps and burpees and high knees and push ups and lunges with a bunch of strangers to a live DJ (so cool.)

And on Saturday I officially joined the Atlanta running scene, making my debut at the SheMoves Reindeer Romp 5K.  It was RAINING.  A LOT.  And I still ran.

I thought they were giving out ornaments at the end of the race, and I wanted one, so I did it.  And then they didn't even have ornaments to give out. Ugh.

Then Sunday I joined a gym!  The gym comes with a few free personal training classes and I've gotten started right away.  I ran Monday.  Did a personal training session Tuesday.  Then today I ran 3 miles THEN did a group fitness weight training class!

And I've been eating healthy.  I made mushroom barley soup.  I made Emily's italian wedding soup and bubble up pizza recipes.  I have been eating smoothies and apples and carrot sticks and drinking lots of tea.

So, in totally logical sense, I expect an amazing transformation to have taken place in this past week and a half.  I should be skinny by now, right?  My clothes should be fitting better?  I should be able to run a sub 8-minute mile with ease, right?

Ugh, not yet.

Today I felt a bit disappointed that I wasn't seeing some drastic difference in my appearance (or really, how my pants button), which I know is totally irrational.  But I guess I just am anxious for that "feeling good" stage to come about.  Where you feel validated that what you're doing is working and you start to get a little pep in your step that motivates you to eat healthy and workout the next day!  I feel I'm going to need that as Christmas and Christmas cookies creep closer and closer.

BUT, I did feel really good on my run today.  And I am excited to be in a routine of going to the gym again and be scheduled and try new classes and have fun with exercise.

I'm going to sign out, but cheers to starting New Year's Resolutions early!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Exploring the food and culture of Seoul, South Korea

Let’s just jump into things, shall we? The rest of my time in Korea was a blur and a truly wonderful experience. I spent Tuesday-Friday in Pangyo, which is actually a bit outside of Seoul, and I learned, not really representative of what Seoul offered. My coworker, who I spent the majority of my time with this week (in the office and the times he was kind enough to show me around!) explained that before he got his job at our company, he didn’t even know that Pangyo existed. The reason that I was stayed there was because of its close proximity to our offices.

Thursday was a relatively low key day, as I ate in the cafeteria at work for lunch and then ate dinner at my hotel. Not too exciting since hotel buffets generally don’t have the best quality of food in my experience, but it got the job done of keeping me fed and alive. There was also a chocolate fountain and marshmallows, so that wasn’t terrible.

And the lunchtime meal was actually pretty beautiful, and although I didn’t really like the chicken, the rest was pretty good! I mixed the rice with the vegetables, the egg, and some spicy sauce, which I was told is actually what they call Korean “bibimbap.” I’ve heard of this dish-with-a-fun-name before but never knew what it was and never made the connection that it was Korean, so although it was just a cafeteria meal, I thought it was fun to get another new type of Korean meal checked on the box!

As a whole, I was so pleasantly surprised with the food in Korea! I really enjoyed all of the different meals that I had! I was not sure what to think or expect of Korean food going into the week, but from the hot pot to the bibimbap to the delicious meals I had on Friday (which I’ll get to), I can truly say that I love Korean food. Which, of course, it doesn’t hurt to have people with you helping guide you on what to order. So, I am very thankful to my coworkers who helped me navigate the week and took me out!

On Friday, both lunch and dinner were culinary adventures that would be worthy of their own dedicated blog posts were they not both experienced on the same day!

At lunch we ate at a very nice restaurant that had a number of small plates that were served to us. The first I didn’t grab a picture of, but it was a really delicious root vegetable soup.  We also had some small different pancake type things with vegetables and egg that were all super yummy, some salad type things, and something else I don't know what it was but it tasted good. And finally the main dish was some meat that fell apart as I touched it with the chop sticks. It reminded me of Persian kebab that I have had before with ground up meat mixed with herbs and onion and seasoning and then formed back into a thin patty. It was so delicious and I enjoyed every single bite of this meal!

I also learned a lot about Korean culture as the colleagues I was with were incredibly knowledgeable and insightful. One of the things that they shared was how the Korean culture is obsessed with speed and efficiency. As a whole, they are impatient and innovate around efficiency and speed. The taxi drivers in Korea all accepted credit cards, which was something I noticed right away, as other countries generally don’t have that advanced a taxi system. Heck, a lot of cab drivers in the U.S. give me a hard time if I ever want to pay with a card (which is why Uber is awesome!)

Another sign of this impatience/desire for efficiency came from the fact that the tables that we ate off of had little buttons that you could press when you wanted your waiter! And not just when you wanted your waiter, but specifically if you needed water, the bill, etc. Efficiency, baby!

I also was explained why the Korean culture is a “drinking” culture. I had heard from a number of colleagues to beware of the Koreans as they like to go out and drink a lot and I had been given slight privy to that the other night when I learned about the different “rules” around the drinking culture in Korea. Well, my coworker explained to me that the reason that Koreans drink a lot with coworkers is because of that obsession and need for efficiency. When you drink with others, you become looser and open up and share more and bond more. So in forming relationships, drinking helps you jump to that place where you say what is on your mind and what you are thinking!

This definitely rang true to me and seemed to make sense!

And what are those “rules” of drinking you might ask? Well, it seems like a bit of a complicated system and a lot to think about, but let me get into a bit. First, you never pour your own drink. Beer is ordered by the big bottle, and served with small 8 oz glasses. You should always be sure that the others you are drinking and eating with have a full glass. However, you can only refill their glass when it has been completely emptied. And when you pour the drink, while someone is pouring your drink, and every time you “cheers” you must use two hands. Oh, and the first round is to be chugged. And finally, when you are drinking with someone who is older than you, you must turn your head away every time you take a sip as a sign of respect. Bottoms up!

At dinner that night, we put these “rules” into practice and I also learned about the traditional Korean liquor called “Sanju” which is mixed with beer as we do “bombs” in the U.S. but it is just sipped regularly (besides that first drink, which is finished right away.)

For dinner on Friday night in Korea we ate in a neighborhood in Seoul that is incredibly international called Itaewon. The streets had all sorts of different national flags hung along them, there was a clearly large ex-pat community in the neighborhood, tons of restaurants and bars, and a lot of young Koreans out as well.

It was a meal that I was really looking forward to in Korea, as we were going for Korean barbeque. The meal consisted of a small grill on the center of our table, we ordered different kinds of meat, and were given a few different sauces and sides, big pieces of lettuce, salt and sesame oil to dip in, and a really awesome salad that had a delicious black sesame dressing on that we ordered “seconds” of. 

Most restaurants in Korea bring out the sides “for free” – which, I am sure it is included in the price of your meal somehow, but you don’t order the sides and you don’t get charged for second rounds, you just get them! I was happy with that because I really liked that salad. And the barbeque itself was delicious too. I love social ways of eating like this where you eat over the course of an hour or so, cooking and ordering more food as you get hungry and not shoving a whole meal into your mouth as fast as you can, which is my typical M.O. when out at restaurants.

We ate out with two of my coworkers, and I had invited a few of the local interns to join us as well, but they both politely declined saying that they had dates, haha. Apparently Friday is a big dating night in Korea and it has the nickname “Fire Friday” for whatever reason – maybe with the thought that sparks fly out on dates on Fridays? I’m not sure. My coworkers told me a lot about the dating culture in Korea too, which I thought was interesting. In high school, students tend to work even harder than they do in college. The pressure on students throughout middle and high school is incredible and nobody really dates. Once teens get older and some of that pressure is lifted (although not much… it seems like Koreans are always working, put in long hours, and have intense pressure to perform and succeed), blind dates and group blind dates are very popular! Sometimes people will go on group blind dates of up to 10-12 single men and 10-12 single women all together. I’m not quite sure who organizes these things but sounded interesting!

I really enjoyed my Friday in Korea when I headed from Pangyo, where I had been staying since Tuesday into the city of Seoul. I felt like I finally saw the Seoul that I was expecting. Lots of people, bright lights, flashy signs, exciting energy, etc. It was so much to take in and a really thrilling experience that I just tried to take in completely.

(If there is one thing I appreciate about the Asian culture is that they appreciate a good pic of your food or mid-eating picture.  My coworker got a bit excited in the amount of pics he took of me, but since I have them, might as well use them!)

Oh, and one other thing on that Friday night dinner. Before we were seated at the Korean barbeque place we went next door to a restaurant and got a drink and some “nachos” as we waited for our table. The nachos were corn tortilla chips, with Parmesan cheese and slivered almonds sprinkled on top and little side cups of tomato sauce, mayonnaise, and cheese that looked like it came out of an aerosol can on the side. My mind was blown at this concept of nachos.

Anyways, my Saturday in Seoul was on my own and I started my day early – apparently too early – and head over to the Garuso-Gil neighborhood, which is made of all sorts of cafes and shops, but none of them open until 11am or 12pm so my arrival at about 9:45 a.m. had me in a ghost town. I hung out in a Starbucks for a while and then went walked around a bit until the stores started to open. I wasn’t interested in doing a lot of clothing shopping, but it was fun to see the stores get filled up, and there were “pop up” stores and sales all over that made for a very vibrant and fun neighborhood to explore.

I also explored a neighborhood called Insadong that was very touristy with all sorts of souveniers and keepsakes to take home with you, where I did some shopping as well.

When I was in China in the spring, I did a lot of shopping there (so much so that I needed a new suitcase to carry it all home!) So, I knew that in Korea was where I wanted to do the majority of my gift shopping for people.  While I didn’t do a TON of shopping, I did make a couple purchases and lets just say that my family and friends have some Asian-themed Christmas presents to look forward to this year!

After shopping, I went to the Gyeongbok Palace where I toured the museum of Korean culture and history, viewed some of their older mock villages they had set up, explored the outdoor area and made friends with some of these cute little buggers!

It was a really beautiful day out and the sky was a beautiful blue.  It was a bit chilly though so I ended up spending more time in the museum than I usually do.  I'm not a museum person, but it was fun to explore old pictures and such a bit and learn about the Korean history and traditions.

The end of my evening was spent exploring some of the neighborhoods that were just incredibly vibrant and filled with lights and exactly what I pictured when I imagined myself going to Korea.

I stumbled upon a lantern festival along a river.

And then ended my night “Gangnam style” on the north side of the river (“gang” means river and “nam” means north... who knew?!) It is filled with bars and restaurants and shops and was an incredible place to people watch and stimulate the senses.  I also got such a kick out of the fact that I was "Gangnam" and kept laughing to myself about the Psy song that was such a hit a couple years ago.  I remember when my friend first showed us the video and I had actually forgotten until when I was actually in Korea that it was a Korean song.  My coworkers joked that the only two Koreans that Americans knew were Psy and Kim Jong Il.  Which... unfortunately isn't terribly untrue... until they reminded me of the girl from Lost!  And I knew of her too!  I hate when I end up living up to an American stereotype, but I couldn't deny my amusement with "Gangnam" street in Seoul.

I stumbled upon a shop and a bar that I will add to another hotel I spotted earlier for my collection of “Things Korea Should Consider Renaming” series:

One of my coworkers met me in the Gangnam neighborhood in the evening for one more Korean cultural experience of drinking a milky rice wine out of a saucer that we would serve kittens milk with in the U.S. We also had a pancake thing that was similar to what we had eaten for lunch the day before, but giant.

I walked SO much on my free Saturday and by the end of the day I was exhausted. The whole experience in Korea was really incredible and I went to bed on Saturday so tired but so fulfilled with all that I had been able to experience there in such a short amount of time.

Up next on the blog will be my return to China and time in Singapore!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Back to reality

Hey gang!  Just wanted to pop in for a quick post to let you know that my Asian adventure & Thanksgiving home with my family is complete and as I work on those recap posts for you, I wanted give a little insight as to what I'm up to.

I returned to Atlanta on Sunday 3 weeks after I left and am settling back into the new normal here.  I have a few solid weeks in Atlanta before the holidays come into place and I am using that time as a reset.

I titled this post "back to reality" not just physically, after coming back home, but also forcing myself to face the real situation that I've put myself in after being very lenient with my diet and exercise regime the past few months.

And yes, I ran a marathon in October, which is an incredible accomplishment, so I do not mean to put that lightly.  However, in the weeks, and even months, leading up to it, as I finalized plans to move, actually did move, etc. I just let myself slack with what I was eating.  I wasn't fueling for the race.  I was eating because I was stressed, tired, bored, socializing, anxious, etc. and I was eating JUNK.

My exercise also just consisted of the bare minimum for the most part with what I had on my training plan.  No strength training.  No cross training.  No workouts on my days off from running.  None of that.  Just all the food.

And post marathon it's been harder.  And traveling certainly hasn't helped.  And now, the reality that I have been putting off facing is that my clothes barely fit.  A lot of them don't at all.  I am sausage squeezing myself into my pants every day and I just feel very uncomfortable.  I am off my game with running.  Even one mile feels hard and a mental chore to get myself to do it.

And that's the reality I've set for myself.

So, I am back to counting Weight Watchers points.  I am on day 3.  And I am getting back into a routine of running.  I am participating for the second year now in the Runner's World Run Streak which challenges you to run at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.

Right now, I am doing the bare minimum of one mile every day, but at least I am doing it.  I am going to join a gym in Atlanta finally.  Get back out to the running groups I looked up when I initially moved.  I am cooking more (made some awesome soups and healthy recipes this weekend!) and I am going to take care of myself.

I like feeling strong.  I like feeling energized.  I like not having to suck in, in order to button my pants.  I like feeling confident when I walk out the door every day.  And I like being healthy.

So here goes nothing!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First experiences in Japan and Korea

Hi guys! I am writing to you today from the second stop of a trip I began earlier this week – Seoul, South Korea! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you realized that the actual reason that I felt the need to catch up on my long overdue China blog was because I was returning to Asia! I am so fortunate to have a job that allows me to see the world, and this past Sunday I set out on another one of those trips.

I left my apartment on Sunday morning for what would be my fourth time at the airport that week. I think that was some sort of record for me as I flew in to Atlanta from Dallas the Sunday prior, and then flew in and out on a one night trip to Florida midweek, and then back again to fly out on Sunday. The midweek trip was the shortest trip I have ever flown for, I was actually eligible to check in for my return flight when I was just arriving at the airport for my departure!

Anyways, back to this trip…

I flew out on Sunday morning and had a pretty uneventful trip, which is what you want in a flight. However, I arrived early. Flight was delayed. The usual.

Mentally, I did what I did on the last trip I had to Asia, borrowing from my marathon & running mentality and I broke the long flight into smaller sections of different 1-3 hour segments. Then, only focused on the segment of the trip that I was in at that moment. Sleep for 2 hours. Movie for 2 hours. Read for 1 hour. Sleep for 1 hour. Movie for 2 hours. Read for 1 hour. And so forth. I watched 3 movies on the plane, got some work done, and slept for a bit.

The most notable part of the trip was in the form of a short conversation I had with the guy sitting next to me. Midway through the 14-hour flight, my flight neighbor introduced himself to me and after chatting for about 15 seconds he told me I reminded me of a girl he knew. Since we didn't really have much to go off of, I joked "Does she travel with lots of pillows and blankets too?!" (I was using a travel blanket, travel pillow, pashmina, and the pillow and blanket provided by the plane) to which he replied, completely sincerely, "No. She just always had a lot of snacks..." Oh. Well, glad he noticed that from our first 7 hours together! It really cracked me up and I couldn’t wait to share it with you guys from the moment after it happened.

Between the flight and the time change, I arrived in Tokyo at 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon. I was a bit tired but chose to not focus on it, and basically just didn’t stop moving as I got to my hotel, checked in, and then head out to meet two friends/colleagues for dinner.

Everywhere that I read said that Tokyo was a safe city and our restaurant was close to the hotel so I chose to walk and left a bit early to wander a bit. I was immediately bummed that my trip to Tokyo was going to be so short because I wanted to see more than what was in my local area, but the streets were incredibly quiet and clean and unique.

I will definitely need to return to Japan at some point and spend more time seeing more of what Tokyo has to offer. The restaurant where we had dinner was on the 27th floor, which gave great perspective to how massive the city was, and I was only able to see such a tiny portion.

I did get to experience some local food, and go for a run while in Tokyo, which did make me incredibly happy!

The meal that we ate in the evening was at a more formal restaurant and I left it to my colleagues to choose the meal, letting them know that when traveling, I was willing to try anything. Although I was a little weary of items I saw on the menu such as horse and turtle.

Dinner ended up being an order of sashimi, a tuna starter, a vegetable crudité that came with an oil and anchovy dipping sauce, and also an order of two different cuts of local beef that came with a number of salts/rubs to try with the meat.

Now, I am not really a fish or seafood person. I never order raw fish when going out for sushi in the U.S. and have only just started trying cooked fish at restaurants. So the fish part of the order was not my favorite, but I wanted to try it as it was the local fare. I know people eat sashimi all the time in the U.S. as well but it is just not really my thing. The flavor of the different fish varieties that I tried was not bad at all, but I struggled with the chewiness and texture of some of the types. And the anchovy sauce actually wasn’t bad, just not my preferred taste. However, I was more than happy to try out the vegetables and eat a meal as one would in Japan. The meat that was had was absolutely delicious as well. It was cooked lightly and some of the pieces were essentially raw on the inside. I opted to try the more cooked pieces of meat and I loved having the different salts/rubs to spread on top of the meat as well.

It seems to be a common way to eat in Japan – which you can notice when you go out to Japanese restaurants in the states – to be served a dish with a number of different flavorings on the side. Wasabi, ginger, soy sauce, etc. and leaving the diner up to make the choice of how to flavor their own food.

The meal was on the lighter side, which was nice for me since my eating schedule was way off with the flight and time difference. I walked back to my hotel, enjoying the gorgeous evening that it was.

I collapsed into bed when I got back from dinner and I think fell asleep as soon as I closed my eyes and allowed myself to. However, unfortunately, I didn’t stay asleep as long as I would have liked and woke up a few times in the night, finally waking again and staying awake at about 4:45 a.m. I used the time to catch up on e-mails and then went for a 3-mile run outside by the hotel.

Running in new cities I travel to has quickly become something I get excited about and look forward to doing when I travel. When I learn about a new place I am going, my mind quickly jumps to “Can I run there?” without me even thinking about it. And since I think it’s really important (and I know my mom reads this and I don’t want her to worry…) I want to be sure that I say I do everything possible to stay safe while running in new/foreign places (and just always, in general!) I started to actually write out a few tips, but my list was longer than I thought and so I will make that its whole own post at some point.

My morning run was so enjoyable to be able to see Tokyo that way, and also to help wake me up and get me energized for the day. Oh, and I also stopped at the local Japanese Starbucks and tried one of their local drinks I have never heard of in the U.S.  It was called "Snow Toffee" or something weird like that, and I am sure it negated whatever calories I burned while running immediately before.

I started my workday right after the run and my day was back to back nonstop starting with first meeting in the office until I left for the airport. We did take a break for lunch, which was a very cool experience. I ate with two [different from the night before] colleagues at a pretty small restaurant which had only one specialty item on the menu, which was a crispy pork dish that you could order a few different ways and came with a number of sides.

The room that we ate in was I guess a traditional Japanese style where you take your shoes off and sit on the floor when you ate. Underneath the table there was an few feet cut out below so that you could extend your legs. It was a first for me to eat in a restaurant like this!

Tea was served with the meal and the pork came on top of a bed of white rice in a bowl, with a soft boiled egg on the side that you dumped on top, and some radish that you put on top as well. The additional sides included miso soup, soba noodles with soy sauce, and some sort of fish and potato vegetable thing. The soba noodles were served just plain and then you dipped them in soy sauce – and my coworkers explained to me that it was totally fine to slurp/make noise with your noodles while I ate them (good to know!) I really enjoyed the food at this meal, and also the way that we ate it.  Plus, it was fun to spend time with my coworkers outside of the office and learn about the work that they are doing and some of the non-work stuff as well.

My Japanese colleagues knew a lot about American sports like football and also all followed how Japanese athletes were doing in the U.S.  They knew all about the popular Japanese baseball players and told me about the current Japanese tennis player who is doing incredibly well in international tournaments.

I was really happy that I was able to eat two very different and also traditional meals in Japan while I was there, even though it was less than 24 hours! After what was, a very short trip, at the end of my work day, I headed to the airport to jump on a plane to the next stop in my trip – Seoul, South Korea.

These first few days in Asia were a bit of a misadventure when it comes to transportation. Expensive taxi rides, airport confusion, and missed buses were all a part of my first 48 hours in Japan and then Korea, but despite it all, things have been going smoothly without any major malfunctions or disasters.  Oh, and I did get to see an impressive Japanese taxi driver calculate my fare on a giant calculator while driving me home!

All of that is a bit a part of traveling and although it might stress me out a bit in the moment, I try to take it in stride. However, what really irks me when I travel is when technology doesn’t go according to plan. This morning I fought with my computer trying to get the internet to work for 30-40 minutes and was about ready to throw my computer out the window!

But anyways… I made it to my hotel in South Korea late last night at ~11:30 p.m. and was totally exhausted. I had been up early due at around 4:30 a.m. due to jet lag so it had been a really long day of work, meeting people, airport time, traveling, etc. For dinner that night all I really ate was a few bites of the meal that they served on the plane.

And while I have to commend Japan Airlines for serving a meal on a 3-hour flight, it was pretty unappetizing to me and eggs served cold on an airplane make me a bit nervous. The night itself was a bit unique/different in that it was a) completely empty b) the interior lights were left on the entire time even though it was an evening flight c) when we were preparing for landing they announced that we are not allowed to take any pictures out or window while landing – which I thought was very interesting! Anyways, I tried to just take in all the experiences around me and then as I arrived at the hotel, I was more than ready to pass out and fell asleep I think instantly when my head hit the pillow.

Where I am staying this week is actually not quite in Seoul, which is where I thought I was traveling, it is in a small technology park/city a bit outside the city called Pangyo. It’s unfortunately not got a ton of interesting shops or things to sightsee, but then again, I am here for some busy days of work! I spent the morning in the local Starbucks (where I was able to get the internet to work – thank you Starbucks!) before going into the office.

On my first full day in Korea I did eat two great meals though. For lunch we got the equivalent of Korean fast food, which was still a sit down restaurant, but I guess nothing fancy and the equivalent of going to get a quick burger or sandwich somewhere. I didn’t know the difference though and enjoyed the dumplings, sushi, and weird rice noodles that we had!

However, as good as that was, I totally loved the dinner that we had. We went out for hot pot, which I thought was delicious and a fun way to eat.

The table had a heated hot plate center, to which a pot of hot broth was filled with different vegetables including a variety of mushrooms, cabbage, and sprouts, as well as some thin, thin filet that cooked really quickly when added to the broth. The meal comes with a number of different sauces to dip the cooked vegetables and meat in, including a spicy one, a lemon broth, and a peanut sauce.

After finishing the protein and vegetables, some noodles were added to the pot, cooked, and then eaten.

It was sooooo good! And also, I have to brag a bit because I am quite proud of my growing abilities to get food in my mouth with chopsticks! I am sure that I have the worst technique ever, and sometimes I have to take a break from eating because I get finger cramps. BUT, I am stubborn and refuse to forks when nobody else is and love that my abilities are growing with the Asian utensil.

It’s funny, when I travel, one of the reasons that I love to push myself to try the local methods of eating and the local foods is because I love seeing the reaction of my coworkers. They are generally so happy to see someone at least try their local food and show interest and learn, rather than coming in with their mind already made that they won’t like something and their nose turned away.

Today at dinner I tried the Korean kimchi, which my coworker told me is hugely popular locally but most foreigners cannot eat it. I was really nervous and tried a piece of the pickled, spicy cabbage, and actually didn’t find it terrible! I don’t think I will be eating it on the regular, but it was easier to get down that some other things I have tried when traveling (i.e. pickled watermelon!)

One of the other neat things about dinner tonight was that we each had a beer and I learned about some of the local drinking customs in Korea. It was really fascinating to learn about the elaborate “rules” or tradition that come along with going out for drinks and having a beer in Korea. We also talked about many of the differences in food, language, and culture between Korea, Japan, and China, which I found really interesting. I want to share that all with you but will do so in another post as this is getting long!

I’m excited to try more Korea food and learn more about the culture while I am here and will be back to share it all with you. Hope you have a great week!