Date #8 of My 12 Dates of Christmas: Frank

I got pretty nervous to call Date #8. You see, Frank is coworkers with Brad (AKA Date #4), and since Brad had been told that I needed help with a “charity project,” I wasn’t sure what Frank may have heard. I was pretty relieved when Frank knew why I was calling and what the 12 Dates was all about—a fact he later attributed to “listening.” Hmmmmm, interesting concept. Tell me more about this listening stuff. How exactly does that work?

12 Dates #8 Frank

Things got a little crazy at my house before the date. As I was getting ready I somehow (in a way only I can) hit myself in the mouth and gave myself a fat lip. Who does that?

12 Dates #8 Lip

Not to worry, I figured out a way to hide it. You see, while some girls may prefer to model “duck lips,” my signature look is the pouty lower lip (as modeled below).

12 Dates #8 Fat Lip

This face works well in conversation.

It can show interest. For example, say your date is talking about something, you simply pull the pouty lower lip and say things like, “I see what you mean.”

It can show sympathy in a sad moment. “I can’t believe that happened.”

And it can help you get what you want. “What do you mean I can’t have dessert?”

You get the idea.

Frank and I met up downtown and headed to the Lion House Pantry for lunch. The Lion House Pantry is a downtown classic. If you’ve never been, you should check it out. I mean, Lion House rolls and pie? Come on! Yeah, I didn’t order a salad. (Sorry if that disappoints anyone.)

Lion House Rolls
Just a little postcard I wrote about Lion House rolls when I worked at Deseret Book. Are you hungry yet?

Frank and I actually had a lot in common. For example, we were both Communications majors at BYU. And we’ve both been at BYU recently. Him as a student, and me when I came to his class to talk about one of my clients the class was doing a project for.

Wait, what?

That’s right, he figured out that I had attended one of his classes a year or so ago to give a presentation about TravelWise.

It probably shouldn’t have, but that single realization made me feel ridiculously old.


In addition to helping run the Deseret Book social media accounts, Frank is also a distance runner, just started working out with a trainer, and plays the piano. Plus, as an added bonus, since he’s into marketing, I was able to geek out for a bit and talk shop with him. We also swapped dangerous mission stories we never told our moms. So, Frank’s mom, if you’re reading this, give me a call, I’ve got some stuff to share with you. 🙂

Frank is a super nice guy and it was great getting to know him.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go do some research. I’m checking out nursing homes, since I figure it will only be a couple of years before I’m going to need one.



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