Mindy here, back in my regular Tuesday slot. Well, last night our bachelor and his bachelorettes went to Park City, Utah. Beautiful! Gorgeous fall color. Rachel got the first one-on-one date. She admitted to the camera that she had communication problems and that had damaged previous relationships. So she'd have to open up to Ben or be gone.
Naturally, everything the producers chose to show us was awkward conversation about the weather and the scenery. Rachel was definitely holding back. During a really cool dinner in the woods, she finally came clean with Ben. Our understanding hero, who'd done the same thing with Ashley last year, smiled, encouraged her to come out of her shell, kissed her and gave her the rose.
Meanwhile, back at the resort, Kacie B. (one of my top picks for Ben) is having a cozy little discussion with Monica about how her relationship with Ben is special, different, and how much it hurts to watch him go out with other women. Kacie, Kacie, Kacie.... First of all, you knew this would happen going into this. Second, why would you talk about your feeling s for him with your competition. Then again, they are women. We need that friend we can bond with.
The group date was fun. I wanted to go with them. Horseback riding through that beautiful country was right up Lindzi's alley. He couldn't have hand-picked a better date for her. She even loved the fly fishing. Unfortunately, it was the devious Courtney who caught a fish. She's such a player, once again saying everything Ben wants to hear.
Later, when everyone gets a moment to have Ben to themselves, Kacie B. enjoys a nice interlude with Ben. Samantha wasn't so lucky. Her continuous whining about not getting a one-on-one date had Ben sending her packing. He didn't see their relationship progressing and, frankly, I'm not sure why he kept her around this long.
And don't even get me started on his time with Courtney. Once again, she manipulates him into giving her the rose, which she gladly flaunts in front of the other women.
The next one-on-one date went to Jennifer, the second of my two top picks. Both she and Kacie B. are genuine and down-to-earth. Just the kind of girl Ben needs. Now how does this sound for a first date? You strip down to your swim suit in the chilly fall air, have a harness strapped between your legs, and you and your guy repel into a crater. Then, some ten or twelve feet above the surface of the water you're cut loose. No thank you. Scared as she was, though, Jennifer was a trooper.
Later they take a ski lift to dinner. It starts to rain. They run for cover and share a romantic evening. She get's the rose.
At the cocktail party, Emily tells Ben that one of the girls (Courtney) is very different around him than with the women. Courtney gets wind of this and the claws come out. However, when all is said and done, Ben chooses to keep Emily and sends Monica home. Just as well since I didn't see a connection there anyway.
Next week they're off to Puerto Rico where Courtney continues to lure Ben to the dark side. Tsk, tsk, tsk.... How is it that otherwise smart guys can allow themselves to be deceived by feminine wiles? Wake up and smell the expensive perfume, buddy!
Back in the real world, I must be getting spring fever or something. I've been acting like a pregnant woman about to pop. Cleaning things like a mad woman. I spent Sunday afternoon cleaning out my spice cabinet--tossing out of date stuff, labeling (complete with expiration dates), washing and reorganizing. Yesterday it was my office, right down to the drawers in my desk. How pathetic is that? The sense of accomplishment is worth it though. Decorating guru, Christopher Lowell, used to say a cluttered space is a mind. Yep, I'd have to agree with that one. Now if I could only figure out the easiest way to contain all that clutter. Any ideas?
Happy Tuesday, y'all.