1. We made several gallons of maple syrup today! I myself participated in the finishing of two gallons of syrup. I also emptied lots of sap. We'll be going for one more week, so I'm hoping we put up a good amount. My workplace uses the maple syrup for a pancake breakfast and various public events, so I have the fun of educating people and getting something yummy.
2. Also related to maple syruping, I got to teach three small boys about taps and sap today. And they were smart little boys! The sap (water + 2-3% sugar) comes from the roots up to the top of the tree, and they figured that out when I showed them that the hole for sap is in the bottom of the spile (spout) that we use for tapping. Plus, the boys reminded me why I love my job; one of my favorite things to do is share neat stuff about the outdoors with people.
3. My keen Keen shoes are busted. But never fear! They are still under warranty, so I'll be going to REI on Saturday to exchange them for a new pair.
4. I had broccoli and shrimp stir fry for dinner after I went to the gym. Good evening.
On a less happy note, please hold the people of the Red River Valley in your hearts and minds. They are set to experience a 100-year flood this year. Matt went to college in Moorehead, Minnesota, which is across the Red River from Fargo, so this feels especially close to me right now.