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Hello Thanksgiving Day fans out there! If there’s one thing I like to blog about, it’s food. I also have been trying to become more active. For the sake of my health, feeling better, fitting into my clothes better, I have been trying to exercise more.

So there is Kauai’s Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day morning. It makes sense right? Exercise in the morning, then feast in the afternoon. It seems logical to me. This way when I am enjoying all of the delicious food at the dinner table, I won’t have to feel so guilty as if I have been stuffing my face all day (no pun intended with the stuffing joke!

It is a bit of an early rise, at 6:45am. It is at the Kapaa Beach Park. It is FREE! It is not too late to register either. You could decide the night before that you’d like to participate. Why? Because it is onsite registration only! Even if you wake up early Thanksgiving morning (really early I mean) you can still go and join in the turkey trot.

It is an informal, non-competitive 5k, 10k, fun walk, fun run, or bike ride course. I like that it is minimal pressure and really just something motivating to get out with a group of people to exercise. I like that the purpose is to get out there and exercise. I am not over the top competitive and it is intimidating for me to participate in things like this when others are so over the top aggressive in competing. This is not the case with the Turkey Trot.

If possible, on the flyer I saw, it suggests (or asks) that participants bring canned food for donation. Very appropriate is what I have to say about that! It is a suggestion, not a requirement. Why not though? When you are able to give, I say do it. The cans will add up.

November 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Thanksgiving. Is. Coming.

It is the middle to end of November. It’s all downhill from here…

Where will you be this Thanksgiving? Let me share with you one option that might fit your fancy on Kauai. At the Bhakti Yoga Shack at 5:30pm is a vegan Thanksgiving celebration. Not everyone eats meat, and so this is very accommodating for those who would like to partake in a Thanksgiving meal without any animal products (and is therefore vegan).

Contact Radha at 808-551-6610 for more information. Let me tell you more about what I know though… This is a potluck-style Thanksgiving. In other words, bring a vegan dish to share with others as they will bring a dish to share with you as well. The evening starts with a meditation circle with live music, then the Thanksgiving dinner will be shared among friends. This is a family-friendly event, and everyone is welcome. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with a group of people who are welcoming and friendly? That is something I love about Thanksgiving.

No matter where or when or how or with whom you are partaking in Thanksgiving with this season, I wish you a very happy and thankful Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2014 by, Lindsey

Weekends, weekends… gotta love the weekends. I like the weekends on Kauai because they never disappoint! There is always something to do if you want to do it, and if you don’t feel like doing much of anything but lounging around, well, you can do that too! It’s perfect really.

So Saturday from 8am to 2pm at the Church of the Pacific, is a Kauai Island Crafters Fair . It’s in Princeville at 5-4280 Kuhio Highway. Ok ,by crafter’s fair I mean it is a holiday season type of hand-make crafts and artwork fair. This is the opportunity to get something unique, handmade, that special something for someone on your holiday gift-giving list. I have been to crafter’s fairs like this and you will find books, jewelry, hair accessories, quilts, artwork, and much more… believe me! Admission is free, so feel free to come and look around. If you buy something–cool, great–if not–no worries whatsoever. The event runs most of the day so why not make it a part of your leisurely day? Oh! I will mention that it is an indoor event as well. Just an FYI.

I know the holiday season is right in front of our faces. I am not a last minute shopper, not unless I have absolutely no clue what to get someone! I go to crafting fairs like this because 1) I like them; I like crafts 2) They give me ideas of what to gift family and friends 3) I get to buy things I want to gift to my family and friends 4) I get to meet new people 5) It’s a social event in general 6) It supports Kauai crafters. Those I suppose are my top six reasons to go to a crafters fair . For more information on this event, see the website Craft Fair tab at http://www.churchofthepacific.org/Activities.html

Are there any independent film enthusiasts out there? Yes, I know there are. If you are on the island of Kauai, come and check out some films by the people of Kauai. The Independent Filmmakers of Kauai are hosting a free viewing event this Friday. There is more than one venue spot, so no need to worry about crowding and things. So it is this Friday, November 21st at the following locations:

Kilauea Bakery in Kilauea at 7pm

Tiki Iniki in Princeville at 10pm

And then on Saturday November 22nd at 7pm there will be another free showing at Galerie 103 in Poipu

For a sneak peak at the films, check out the Independent Filmmakers of Kauai at their website: http://www.ifok.co. Some of the films are about Kauai and the people of Kauai, while others may have hints of Kauai in the background. The filmmakers are always from or living on the beautiful island of Kauai though. These are short films by the way… they are all less than 10minutes long per requirement. So do not think that you will be going and watching hours upon hours of the same topic–no. It is diverse, full of variety and genres. I encourage you, my readers, to go out and see what these filmmakers have to share… hear and see the stories they want to share…

November 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, I have some more fitness opportunities to blog about! Did anyone go to the Zumbathon? I’d love to hear how it went. Anyways, coming up this Saturday the 15th is the Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run . Please, oh please, do not let the word “run” scare you. No, no! This is a very friendly competitive run.

I should still clarify though… there are multiple running events: There is a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and a non-competitive 5K walk. See? See how friendly that is for everyone? I like that this run is encouraging exercise and general fitness. The walk would be great for beginners, kids, families, people just wanting to get out there and be a part of this event. The walk is actually something I would like to take part in.

The Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run does require in-person registration. To register, pickup your race packet on Friday, November 14th from 11am to 6pm at the Kukui Grove Shopping Mall in the exhibit area behind the Starbucks. Early registration is required, and there will be no day-of registration available. This is one of those events you need to plan in advance for. ;)

For the day of, the half marathon commences at 7am. The 5K run begins fifteen minutes later, and the 10K will start at 7:30am. For participants, this run costs $30 and includes a continental breakfast and a free shirt. The information I have and have heard about this event is that it ends at 9:30pm. That may be late for breakfast, but nonetheless I applaud those who finish–no matter how long it takes them nor what their official time is at the finish line.

There will be awards for male and female finishers per age group. I do not know the age group ranges at this time, but I do know that this should be more about having fun and getting fit than more so about winning. Those are my thoughts at least.

I get that it can be tricky to pick a place to stay when you are planning your trip to Kauai, Hawaii. There are plenty of good options to choose from. Some do stand out more than others, for more reasons than one. Trust me on this one, and check out Hanalei Bay Villa 23. This is a villa that is the perfect mix of all things Kauai. This vacation rental rests in Princeville, on the edge of Hanalei Bay and Puu Poa Point. The golf course is one way, the water is the other, and you are near both wildlife seclusion but also just minutes from town. See why I said perfect?

Here is the address of this two bedroom, two and a half bath villa: 5454 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. It has garden, mountain, and golf course views! It sleeps four people comfortably with a king bed and a full bed in the bedrooms. If you need to, this rental can sleep up to six people.

Paradise never sounded so good for the reasonable price of $1,170 per week plus taxes and cleaning fees. Nightly rates are also an option. Check out pictures of this beautiful cottage overlooking the mountains and the Makai Golf Course, by clicking the link above.

Hanalei Bay Villa 23 is loaded with the comforts of home and all of the amenities needed while on vacation. It brags of a fully equipped kitchen. Imagine what that means while on vacation…cooking at home, dining in, saving money, meeting special dietary needs as needed. To have a place to call home to go back to, and to be able to cook full meals with use of freezer, fridge, oven, stovetop, dishwasher makes life less-stressful and less-anxious. There is no rush when you get to be on your own time schedule and you are able to cook foods purchased from the grocery store nearby.

Villa 23 also hosts other perks such as TV and DVD player, ceiling fans in the bedrooms and the living room. Free Wi-Fi is through-out the home and there is a landline phone for use as well to guests. There is a high efficiency washer and dryer in this unit. You may have thought the fully loaded kitchen was great, and now you know there are private laundry services in-house. You might get used to living here!

November 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

Sunday, November 9th from 9am to noon is a volunteer opportunity too good to pass up. I think so at least. It is the first of 4 volunteer days to help set up an educational farm and sustainable agriculture research center that will be made available to the community. It is a part of the Kauai School Garden Network that teaches hands-on, kinesthetic learning to school-aged children.

There are three locations to volunteer at:

~ Kilauea at Malama Kauai Community Farm

~ Wai Koa Plantation

~ Kalihiwai Ridge

The more the merrier! It is a free event, child-friendly too. Come one come all to get your hands dirty, make a difference, and more than likely make a new friend in the process. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to come. If you have a green-thumb, great! Come! If you do not, that is okay too. You are not responsible for keeping a plant alive, but rather just to prepare the way for plants to grow. The work and time put into this project will lead to children getting some hands-on gardening activity and education in due time. That concept alone is a glorious thing… to teach the upcoming generations about sustainable agriculture and farm education. Very cool!

These volunteer days are being organized by the community-based nonprofit organization, Malama Kauai. Find out what they are all about here: http://www.malamakauai.org/mk/

For questions pertaining to this volunteer opportunity, call 808-828-0685 and ask to speak with Megan.

November 6, 2014 by, Lindsey

A day that is near and dear to my heart is upcoming. Veterans Day. I would like to clear the air about a few things… it is my blog and my platform to talk after all. Ok, so Veterans Day is in honor of veterans. Memorial Day is a different day in which our nation honors and remembers those who died while serving in the Armed Forces. Veterans day is the day in which we honor those living, to thank them and remember their service.

As another point of interest, I wanted to share that Veterans Day is indeed spelled just as I typed it. There is no apostrophe in the word veteran, for there is no possession. Veterans Day is not a day that belongs to the veterans; it is a day to honor all veterans. Glad I got to clear that up! Hopefully that helped my followers as well.

So what is going on Kauai’s North Shore for Veterans Day you ask?

Well, in advance to the actual day is a parade on Saturday, November 8th from 9am to 3pm at Kapaa Beach Park. There will be plenty of service members in attendance–there will be plenty of opportunities to thank a veteran for his or her service.

On Veterans Day, November 11th at Veterans Cemetery in Hanapepe at 11am is a special ceremony. This is an outdoor event and all are welcome to attend. The Kauai Veterans Center website will have more information about these events, and points of contact should there be any questions left unanswered by the website.

November 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

If Zumba is not your style, then perhaps a fine arts exhibit is? Options are nice–just saying. This coming weekend on Friday and Saturday is the Annual Princeville Community Fine Arts Exhibit. It will be held at the Princeville Community Center, located at 4334 Emmalani Drive, Princeville, HI 96722. If it suits you better, here is the location on Google maps.

It is an indoor event with fine art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other media pieces by arts in the area. Most of the artists will be there; that is my understanding. Friday night from 4-8pm the exhibit will be open, and then Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4pm is the plan. This event is totally free! I love it when I get to say that. :)

From what I hear, last year was a low-key, fun time was had by all kind-of time. All are welcome to attend. This is a great place for conversations to be had, connections made and homemade, handmade art to be enjoyed. This would be the place to go if you are looking for a unique gift for someone, if their art is indeed for sale at the exhibit–not just on display. Talking with the artist makes for a neat atmosphere as well. It puts a new twist on the piece I think, for I think it has become more and more uncommon for someone to meet the artist behind the artwork. After getting to know the creator, it may help you understand their intent or inspiration for the piece. I like the concept of connecting the dots between the artist and his or her artwork.

November 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

Next weekend is a big weekend. By big I mean that it is packed full of some great events. For this first one, let me just ask: Have you ever tried Zumba? That dancing, aerobics, workout thing that people do? I will proudly say that I have. I actually really love Zumba. For me, it works out well for my preferred way of working out: group exercise. Looking back in my life, I have always done well with group exercise routines, mostly for the motivation and for the friendships formed. Zumba fits the bill and with some good music, it works for me!

All of that being said… leads me to my first event: a Zumbathon! For $15 there is a Zumbathon at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School at 10am. The proceeds go towards the students at this school going to San Diego, California for the 2015 Student Television Network National Convention. In other words, it supports the middle schoolers in this club to go to a big national event.

If you have never tried Zumba, I encourage you to come on out, support a great cause, and get your groove on with some Zumba. If you have tried Zumba before, come on out and get your work out on. This is a fun thing to do, and it is supporting a good cause. It is a fundraiser. Oh! And tickets can be bought at the door.

October 29, 2014 by, Lindsey

So my niece the other day told me to “try new things.” That is what they were telling her at school, to eat a healthier diet I think. I agreed with her and said “yes, it can be good to try new things.” This lead to me to thinking about visitors coming to Kauai and now here I am blogging about it. :)

I saw the article in the newspaper and I did not have to think twice about it. Try new things, and the topic of breadfruit came up. Breadfruit? Yes, ulu. Ulu is the Hawaiian word for breadfruit, and really, yes that is the name of the fruit!

Anyway, the article I read was about a plant nursery here on Kauai and they highlighted the talk about breadfruit. See the article here if you wish: http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/opinion/the-ins-and-outs-of-breadfruit/article_536b27f0-51dd-11e4-a516-af10bb863938.html

Visitors to Kauai more than likely have not heard of this food. Well, it is a fruit that is very diverse and forgiving. By forgiving, I mean that it can be eaten tastefully at any stage of its development. Yes, the flavor differs, but hey, not everyone like to eat the same food varieties. In the article, there are tips on what to look for when purchasing a breadfruit, how to store it, and how to prepare it in the kitchen.

Breadfruit is notorious as well. It is energy rich with protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and carbohydrates. The fruit grows on trees, and the tree itself can produce hundreds of pounds of fruit each year. This fruit is a classic Hawaiian food item, and I encourage visitors to come and try it while they enjoy their stay on the island.

October 27, 2014 by, Lindsey

I have some great news for Kauai residents and visitors alike. The North Shore Shuttle service has launched earlier this month, and this is such welcoming news.

For residents, this is a shuttle/van system that can conveniently take you places where you want to go. For visitors, this may be even better news! When I travel somewhere new, I don’t know the land, the roads, even a general sense of direction for me is completely gone. My family jokes about this with me, and I have come to laugh along too. So if it were me coming to Kauai, I would be so very thankful for someone else to shuttle me around!

The shuttle service runs on the North Shore, and moves about between Princeville, Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, and Kee. Fares for visitors are just $2 each way, and residents are charged $1. This is very reasonable… I like it for it is paid transportation and navigation all in one! Experience Kauai is the name of the shuttle service. There are two shuttles and one runs from 6am to 6pm and the other, from 9am to 9pm.

To see the full tours and shuttles schedule, check out their main website at http://kauaishuttles.com/tours-and-shuttles/. You can better see where the shuttles go to and from, as well as see their airport shuttle service. They offer 14 seater vans for most of the commuting, not a bus. They so on-call shuttle service, as well as plan-ahead appointments. I personally vote for the latter, as I am such a planner. This will likely ensure reduced fees instead of doing a last minute call for a higher price if you know what I mean…

Wondering where a good place to stay is while you are visiting Kauai? A home away from home is the right answer. Going to a vacation rental home with all of the amenities is the way to go. It is luxurious to have your own space, privacy, and to be honest–to have your own kitchen and laundry room! A vacation rental home like the Princeville Garden House is an ideal option for a family or a group of 6.

Princeville Garden House

Located at 4862 Victoria Loop, Princeville, HI 96722, this home is on a quiet loop in Princeville that has garden and mountain views with a golf course nearby. It is a three bedroom, three bath home that has many comforts like home. Bedrooms have ceiling fans, oh and there are two master bedrooms! Recall how I said this was perfect for a dual family getaway? The third bedroom hosts a queen sofa bed with an upgraded mattress.

The living room has a home theater system, the kitchen is a full sized kitchen with top appliances and elbow room for cookin’. Wireless internet is throughout the house, and there is a flat screen TV as well. Out back there is a private backyard with a slate flooring, outdoor furniture, a gas grill, a hammock, and more. Oh, yes, there is a lime, orange, and avocado tree as well. If you are staying, help yourself to the ripe fruit! What attention-to-detail-perks ;) love it!

For a week’s stay, prices start at $1350. If you break that down, for a week’s stay that’s less than $200 per night. That is easy on the budget; then if you were to split the unit for a couple’s getaway, imagine that price squarely cut in half. This is very doable, is my point. If saving money is something you seek out, think about cooking in the kitchen. Really, consider how many meals can now be cooked at your vacation rental on your own time schedule, with groceries you have purchased from the store. I’ll say it again: this is even more so easy on the budget.

October 23, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, so the other day I shared about a family friendly fall festival on Kauai, and that started a domino or a snowball effect in my mind! I wanted to share about more Halloween happenings on Kauai. Here are my tips:

If you are staying on Kauai, as a visitor, I suggest trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. If you are staying at a resort or a hotel or something of that nature, you will be in like-company. What I am trying to say, is that trick-or-treating there will be unfruitful. Your kids will likely be disappointed. What I suggest is staying at a vacation rental and trick-or-treating in that more traditional neighborhood. That will ensure your kids are happy; on Halloween night that is part of the whole goal!

There are other community events going on. Depending on your preferences–and likely you children’s ages–there are events going on all over Kauai. From haunted houses to harvest festivals, there is something for everyone. You just have to be on the lookout for an event near you. If you want to have a night in, easy! Just pick up some candy from the store, leave your porch or front light on, and plan for trick-or-treaters to stop on by.

Happy Halloween from me to you and yours!

Fall is in the air, and I just heard of a local fall festival going on this Friday and Saturday. It’s the 14th Annual Kauai Christian Academy’s Fall Festival hosted at their campus at 4000 Lighthouse Road, Kilaueua. If you thought it, you guessed right–the school is located on the side, on the way to the Kilauea Lighthouse. If you have not been there, I encourage you to check it out and in the daylight ;)

For little ones, this will be something special. I have family who have gone to this in years past and they have enjoyed it. There are plenty of activities:

Petting Zoo

Pony Rides

Bounce House

Carnival Games

Hay Rides

Corn Maze

…and Kettle Corn and Shave Ice, of course! There will also be a silent auction to benefit the school.

Halloween is just around the corner at this point, and it can be fun to extend the holiday out to the surrounding weekends. Why not, after all? This event I know is a family friendly, carnival themed atmosphere for families to dress up, come out and have a good time. On both days, the 24th and the 25th activities start at 4pm and go til 9pm.

October 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, now this is a super family fun worthy event, and all towards a good cause! At Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is Kilauea is a Mini Golf Fundraiser this Saturday, October 18th from 11am to 3pm. It is a fundraiser for the Aloha School Early Learning Center. They are a non-profit organization that offer early learning education to young children. The school is in Hanalei, and Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is in Kilauea (5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754 to be exact).

I heard about the event from a co-worker, and I thought I would share! It is a fundraiser for the school, and it costs $15 per person or $50 for a family of four; children ages 3 and under are free. This entrance fee includes all activities and mini golf itself, games, crafts, face painting, and –wait for it– glitter tattoos! How much fun is that. Most kids love to get those fake tattoos, and now add glitter– that is taking it to a new level. ;) Yay for the kids… I love it when the kids win! (Glitter tattoos and helping out the early education Aloha School.) What a win-win situation.

On the flyer I got, it says there will also be a silent auction, as well as a lucky drawing (tickets are $5 each). I’m not sure what is being auctioned, nor what the lucky drawing prize is–I suppose you and I will have to go there and find out now, won’t we?!

October 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Coming up this weekend…

Princess Ka’iulani Keiki Festival is here! This is a celebration festival that honors a princess. Storybook Theatre of Hawaii is hosting the 9th annual festival in Hanapepe Town. Activities start on Friday night at 7pm with the feature film, “In the Footsteps of Our Princess” at the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church. That is the main event that day; then, on Saturday the 18th from 12noon to 4pm is the main festivities. There will be a hula, a costumed children’s parade down Main Street, Hawaiian music, and then following the parade the Princess will read a story at the Storybook Theatre before attending the rest of the party. By party, it is really a commemorative birthday party that will be held at Sparky’s Garden.

If this is something you would like to take part in, the Hanapepe Hawaiian Congregational Church is located at 3815 Hanapepe Road. The Storybook Theatre is located at 3814 Hanapepe Road, Hanapepe, Kauai… just next door over. If you have any questions or anything, I have looked up the contact info: office@storybook.org

October 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I enjoy some good history from time to time. I like the hands-on, interactive type of history personally. I can watch the History Channel when a topic interesting comes on, but it doesn’t seem to hold my attention. What I like best are the live and in person history lessons. No, I am not talking about time travel to go back in time (lol) but I do like to in-person see the sights and places that are full of history. When there are stories and interesting facts about a place, I like to connect the dots, hear the stories and see the actual sites of the places in the stories.

The Grove Farm Museum near the airport in Lihue is a place where I (and you) can get your history fix! They have tours Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. Cost is $20. Please call ahead and ask to speak with Carol at 808-245-3202 to make your reservation. Yes, you do need a reservation for the days and times I listed above.

So what is this place you may ask? Well, it is a site preserved of one of Hawaii’s sugar plantation buildings. It is furnished and has one of a kind collections inside. It is surrounded with orchards and pasture; after all, it is a sugar plantation home! The tour I went on was about 2 hours long, and not rushed at all. It was nice pace but our tour guide was not flustered, rushed, or in a hurry to get the tour over with. I liked that a lot :)

Princeville is a popular place to stay and play when visiting Kauai. It is one of the larger cities on the North Shore. Good news is that is borders the ocean, too. When you come to Kauai, you want to be by the ocean, right? Short answer: yes! Pali Ke Kua 124 is a luxurious vacation rental condo with big ocean views. If for some reason you don’t believe me, have a look for yourself:

Pali Ke Kua 124

Pali Ke Kua is at 5300 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722. It is close to the water, but in the other direction it is close to town to pickup groceries for the condo, or if you want to do some shopping. Restaurants of all kinds from truck vendors to fine dining is in Princeville. We are all on Hawaiian time, relaxing and having a good time!

This condo is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath vacation rental that goes for $1350 per week. This is easily affordable, and should you opt for this one as a couple’s double date getaway vacation, split the price in half and you will be shocked at how much money you are saving. Even then at that rate for a family of 4 or 6, this is a winning deal. Everyone can have their own space in the evening, night, and then to get ready in the morning? It will be worth it! There are 2 bedrooms with a queen sized bed in each, and then there is a sofa sleeper.

Also indoors, there are the classics: Wi-Fi, Tv with DVD player, fully kitchen and full bathrooms. Out towards the back, facing the water, is a lanai, or a back patio. This is inviting for so many reasons. You will dream up every reason just to go out back to be closer to the water, to hear the waves, to smell that fresh air…

As you can tell from the picture, the condo is fully furnished with modern fixtures, appliances, and linens. Quite frankly, it is an attractive unit, if I may say so myself. It is a condo, and what comes with the property features are also a pool and Jacuzzi, a paved path to the beach and picnic and barbeque areas.

October 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, this weekend is wrapping up, but my mind is already onto next weekend. On Saturday, October 11th is the Eo e Emalani i Alakai, also referred to as the Emalani Festival. It is an annual procession and festival the second Saturday of October. The festival is like a step back in time when traditional Hawaiian music and traditional chants will be performed. There is a royal procession on horseback!

All are welcome to attend, and it is free! Yes, it is fully free to attend. It is at the Kokee State Park. Festivities begin at 10am but the procession commences at 12noon. This is a traditional festival, for there are royal processions and traditional acknowledgements. Things should be wrapped up by 4pm that afternoon.

There will be exhibits, crafting demonstrations, hula dancers, live music, and snacks for sale. It is a great time for the family, both young and old, visitors and residents, to come out and learn more about the traditional Hawaiian culture. A good time should be had by all. :) The weather report looks good as well. Then again, I have heard that it is a “rain or mist” kind of event. It may rain, but it’s not in the forecast. If it does rain, it may very well be a warm sprinkle rather than a “rain” per say.

For more information about this event, visit Kokee State Park’s webpage that I linked. Have a great week, and look forward to the weekend with me!