18 years. Holy cow. The marriage is old enough to vote. (No politics.)
When I woke up, she woke up, and I told her “holy cow… it feels like we’ve only been married 3 or 4 years” and she told me “that’s because you only remember the good parts”. [Ed. note: I was teasing! Mostly!]
As someone who only remembers the good parts, let me tell you:
I am the luckiest man alive.
(Insert meandering essay about how I can’t believe that it’s not the 90’s here.)
It’s good to have someone who remembers when you were in your 20’s. But is willing to overlook what you were like in your 20’s.
Anyway, I asked her “what do you want me to make you for dinner? I’ll make anything. Well, except for a slow cooker meal. That will take hours and hours, and I only have hours. Do you want me to buy you a ribeye and slice it thin and make steak nachos?” and she said “Nah. I had your habanero pineapple chicken nachos last night. You know what? I haven’t had your cheeseburgers in a long time. Could you make me those?” and I said “Absolutely.”
So I bought (or knew that I already had on hand):
Sharp Cheddar slices
Brown Mustard (the thick kind with the really big mustard seeds)
Potato bread hamburger buns
I mixed the bison, shredded cheese, and a couple of strong squirts of mustard together and mixed them up and made some patties.
I ripped the romaine into bun-sized pieces and cut the roma tomato into slices thick enough to hold flavor but still thin enough to include on a burger + bun and then prepped the oven for crinkle fries. After picking her up from work and bringing her home, I got to cookin’.
Put some butter in the frying pan. Put the fries in the oven. Put the patties in the melted butter. Flip the patties. Wait a bit. Flip the patties. Wait a bit. Flip the Patties. Wait a bit. Flip the Patties. Wait a bit. Flip the Patties. Wait a bit. Flip the Patties. Put butter on the buns. Put the buns in the oven. Put the cheddar slices on the burgers. Put the bacon on the buns in the oven. Wait a bit. Put the buns on a plate. Put the patties on the burger buns. Put the condiments on the burger. Put the bun tops on the burgers. Get the fries out of the oven. Places the fries near the burgers.
Look forward to next year and then start hoping, in earnest, for (at least!) another 18 years.
So… What’s on your docket?
(Image is “Dennison’s Bogie Book for Halloween (1920)” by Dennison manufacturing co.)