How We Met [Part One]

October of 2018 was a weird month for me. At the time, I started a new job and was trying to get back into the dating game. The holidays were around the corner, and I doubted that I was going to meet anyone that was really worth putting my time and effort into. I had just re-downloaded the mutual dating app. This app was geared towards young single adults belonging in to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Basically, the app creators (this app isn’t sponsored by the Church whatsoever) intended for the app to mirror Tinder minus the hookups.

I downloaded it for one sole intention: Free Jamba Juice dates. HECK. YES. I’ll be honest, I have a slight obsession with Jamba Juice. I later found out that Dale, on the other hand, isn’t a fan of it (which is beyond me). Anyway, so I downloaded the app. I didn’t think much of it, and just started to swipe up on the guys I thought were attractive. Then I swiped up on Dale on November 2, 2018.

Here’s how the conversation went:

Dale: “Hi Samantha! How are you? How’s your week going so far?”

Me: “Hey Dale! I’m great! How are you? My week have been good! Super busy, but really good. How has yours been?”

Dale: “Good to hear that your week is going good! Mine is sorta the same, busy and good but I’m glad the weekend is coming up in a few hours! I’m going to a Harry Potter party tonight (first time ever) so I’m pretty excited! Hahaha. Are you originally from Utah or from somewhere else?”

…I responded two days later because I had just started my new job, and I was getting used to being on call 24/7. It was a little overwhelming to say the least.

Me: Harry Potter is the bomb! Hope you had a blast at the party. I’m originally from Utah. I grew up in Farmington. Where are you from?

Dale: [Insert lengthy response about drinking too much Butterbeer, and having good time at the party. Then he tells me he’s from California, and that he moved to Utah two years ago.]

. . . Oh, it gets worse. If any of you know me, you’ll know that I either respond right away or I take at least two weeks to get back to you. Naturally, I was on the insanely overwhelmed side of things, and didn’t respond back to Dale for two weeks. I’m lucky he didn’t unmatch me [I later found out that he almost did! So glad he didn’t though!!].

After I finally responded back to Dale after ghosting him for two weeks, he was nice enough to message me back. We kept talking, and talking. Thanksgiving came and went, and then Dale asked me out!

Dale: “I’m meeting with a wedding client in Lehi this Saturday. If you’re free, wanna meet up for a late lunch at 1 pm at Cafe Rio in Lehi?”

Obviously, I’d take Cafe Rio over Jamab Juice any day. 😀 I agreed to the date, and we met up at the Lehi, UT Cafe Rio on December 2, 2018.

I’ll be honest, I was really nervous about meeting up with Dale. These kind of dates always were always super awkward and I was prepared to get “ghosted” after getting some free Cafe Rio. However, I was shocked at how well things went. Dale and I really hit things off from the get-go. He was easy to talk to, super attractive (gotta love those hot Filipino men!!), and seemed like the kind of guy I wanted to date. Dale and I spent about three hours talking at Cafe Rio. We talked about my mission, how he found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what brought him out to Utah, our obsession with Harry Potter, and so many other things.

He was so easy to talk with. I felt so comfortable around him, which I was not expecting at all. We ended the date after we both realized that we had been there for a few hours. Before we left, Dale asked if we could take a picture. I was a little weirded out by this (I sometimes still am…I can only handle so many pictures a week) but I played it cool and let him take one. I’m glad that we did because that was our first picture on our first date, and now we’re gettin’ MARRIED!

Anyway, as we were walking out to my car, Dale asked me on a second date. I was shocked that he asked me out again. I didn’t think much of it because I, being a little overly pessimistic about dating, assumed that he was going to ghost me. Little did I know that I had just had my first date with my future husband.

Stay tuned for the continued story on our second, and third dates!

XO Sam

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