“ANNIVERSARY #33”

From the Wisdom Book:

You will find

as you look back upon your life

that the moments when you have

really lived are the moments

when you have done things

in the spirit of love.

Henry Drummond

****************

Treasure the

love you receive above all.

It will survive long after your

gold and good health.

Og Mandino

Last Friday (March 18) Pam and I celebrated our anniversary #33.  It’s a pretty easy day to remember because the day before this event is St. Patrick’s Day.  So, each year when I see everyone wearing green, I know the next day is a day to remember.  But, truthfully, I don’t need any reminder.

Last Friday was also a time for travel to Austin for another weekend of Longhorn Baseball.  That is also special for both of us, but not as special as our anniversary.  I think it is appropriate that we are able to have a baseball adventure while celebrating our marriage.

As usual for a Friday trip to Austin, we had all the necessities loaded in the Escalade.  Most of these items just remain in my vehicle for the duration of  the baseball season.  For once, Pam didn’t need the nail polishing table.  She had already taken care of this necessity.  If you have not already seen the table I made for her, here it is:

 

 

 

As per routine, as we approach Huntsville and our Starbucks stop, we pondered on where to eat lunch.  I suggested Luby’s Cafeteria because it’s fast and we had not eaten there in quite a while.  But, Pam thought a little more upscale restaurant would be more fitting for this special occasion.  I agreed, so we decided on a restaurant we both had already considered (not together, but separately together).  If’s not surprising to discover that our thoughts and decisions are so much alike because of the relationship we’ve had though these years together.

When we left Bryan/College Station in 1978, downtown Bryan was dying while College Station and TAMU was thriving.  Bryan is now making a come-back and the town is being restored.  It is really great to see a new life in the downtown area.  One place we have stopped on a few occasions is the Old Bryan Market Place.

The Old Bryan Market Place contains an antique store and restaurant.  This building was built in 1908 and has been added on to 5 times to increase its size to 22,000 sq.ft.  I have tried to remember what business occupied this space when we left the area.  To the best of my memory, there was a hardware store in this area and maybe that is what was there.  It doesn’t matter, it has been restored and now fits with the restoration going on downtown.  Here is the entrance to the antique store.

In one section of the building is Madden’s Casual Gourmet Restaurant. 

Madden’s Casual Gourmet was opened by Peter and Tara Madden in June 2004. Since then, the restaurant and Chef Madden have enjoyed great success and recognition for providing excellent food and service in Bryan/College Station.

I tend to find dishes on the menu that I like and then on the next visit I look through the menu and select the same thing I had eaten before.  I remembered this salad from the last trip, so Pam and I shared:

 

 

Jalapeno salad with roasted jalapeno-buttermilk dressing, roasted jalapeno, black bean relish, pico de gallo and cotija cheese$7.50 / Add Chicken $10

For my main dish I ate:

 

Grilled meatloaf with sautéed cabbage, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and tomato sauce $10

Pam selected:

Grilled shrimp tostada with black bean puree, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, cilantro aioli, avocado, and cotija cheese $11

 

And here we are at Madden’s:

After lunch, it was on to Austin for the weekend.  Longhorn baseball turned out great.  We played Kansas State and swept the series.  It was not an easy series for the Longhorns.  Friday nite – 9 innings.  Saturday afternoon – 10 innings.  Sunday afternoon – 14 innings. 

Thanks for reading about our anniversary.  I leave you with this:

Love doesn’t

sit there like a stone,

it has to be made, like bread;

remade all the time,

made new.

—Ursula K. Le Guin

***************

Marriage

is an empty box.

It remains empty unless

you put in more than

you take out.

Dad (H. Jackson Brown, Sr.)

 

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