Sunday, September 26, 2010
Can you believe I made it through the first half of my 22 dates? Hooray! I am still having sooo much fun and enjoying [most] every minute spent with these incredible eligible bachelors, each unique in their own way.
Sunday night's date was with self-proclaimed "mountain man" Jason Oliver. You should know that Jason was my second date to arrive by plane! Lucky for him, he'd purchased a Jet Pass several weeks earlier allowing him free travel anywhere Jet Blue flies. Before his stop in Orange County he'd visited Costa Rica with plans to travel to New York next weekend. Jealous!
So what was my first impression of Jason? Well, he was definitely cute. Loved his smile and those bright blue eyes. Second impression? Yes, there's such a thing. He's quite the gentleman! All night he opened my doors, gave his arm to me, complimented me often, and even let me beat him at our game of Shake It! Ok, so maybe I beat him fair and square, but still. Isn't he charming?
Throughout the night I learned a few things about Jason that really impressed me. At the age of 35 he owns his own home in Draper and runs his own business, Oliver Telecom. When Jason's not busy working he enjoys being outdoors. You can also find him with his nose in a book. And not just any book, relationship books. During a conversation about dating we talked about The Five Love Languages and how he likes to give/receive love. (That's not the first time this book has come up in one of these dates!
For dinner Jason went to Trader Joe's yesterday and picked out a few things for us to munch on while we watched the sunset over the Pacific. I loved the food, the view, and the conversation. We had such a great talk about our philosophies on love which you'd think might be a little heavy a topic for a first date, but it was surprisingly nice. And refreshing to hear a male's view on the idea of moving from "like to love." I honestly could've ended the date there and considered it a fine success! But I'm glad we didn't.
We cleaned up dinner and hopped in the car again for location #2. Jason thought it would be a nice sabbath activity to walk the Newport Beach Temple grounds, maybe sit and play a game or two and just enjoy the beauty of the night. Jason had never been to the Newport temple before so I was glad he had an opportunity to see it during his short weekend stay.
At the end of the night Jason really put on the charm and asked me to dance, right there, in front of the temple, on our own moonlit stage. I'm certainly no dancer, but Jason made it feel effortless and I loved it! Every minute of it! A beautiful way to end a beautiful night. So will I be inviting Jason back to California for a second date? If he promises to dance with me like that again I just might....
Posted by The Mormon Bachelorette at 11:25 PM