by Brittany Geragotelis
Something peculiar happens when you've been dating someone for a considerable amount of time. You get to know them. Or at least that's the point. After nearly three years of dating, Matt knows exactly how I take my coffee. I know that he doesn't like it when you talk to him during "The Daily Show." But, this past week, there were two different instances in particular where I was reminded of just how well Matt has grown to know me.
The first situation happened when I got a little case of the panic attacks one night earlier this week. Well, as soon as I told Matt I was feeling funny, he could tell I was anxious, and you know what he did? He turned on "America's Funniest Home Videos" and cuddled with me until I felt better. Why the silly home video show? He knows that when I'm feeling like that, I have to watch something that's either comforting ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer") or funny ("AFHV" or "Friends") to get my mind off...well, my mind. It was the perfect response given the situation.
The second example came up Monday night, when Matt knew as soon as he got home that I was sick with the flu. Yeah, yeah, I know, real romantic, right? But he didn't mention me looking sick in a, "you look like crap" kind of way. He explained that my "sick eyes" are different than my "tired eyes." Now, you know that someone really knows you when they can differentiate your eye "looks."
So, how well do you know your significant other? Are you still in the early phase of loverdom or do you practically finish each other's sentences? Take the quiz below to find out.
1. Your boyfriend is in a bad mood. You:
A) Leave him alone until he's ready to talk about it.
B) Force him to tell you what's wrong and then try to fix it.
C) Try to figure out what you did to make him mad at you.
2. If you and your man were to go on a gameshow it would be:
A) The Newlywed Game
B) Family Feud
C) The Amazing Race
3. It's his birthday and you want to get him the perfect gift. You:
A) Buy him that Nintendo Wii he's been coveting but would never get himself.
B) Plan a weekend away...somewhere you've been wanting to visit. Hey, I'm sure he'll have fun too.
C) Give him a gift certificate to Amazon so he can get something he really wants.
4. Your boyfriend's biggest fear is:
A) Do you mean this week or last?
B) Are you kidding? He's not afraid of anything.
C) Clowns. It's the nose. Or the makeup. Or maybe the creepy laugh...
5. His favorite weekend activity is:
A) Going out to dinner, watching a movie or heading out for some Pinkberry. As long as you're together, it doesn't matter what you're doing.
B) Letting you make the plans.
C) Hitting the latest party
6. You're the only one who knows:
A) What makes him cry
B) His favorite movie
C) His middle name
7. When it comes to his family, you:
A) Spend every holiday with them and go home for birthdays
B) Still call his parents Mr. and Mrs....mostly because you don't know their first names.
C) Can't help but be nervous around them
Okay, now figure out which letter you got the most of and find out just how well you know your luvah!
MOSTLY A's: Congratulations! You and your man are like PB&J—you were meant to go together. But even with good chemistry, a couple has to put the time and attention in to attain a solid connection. And you've had your eyes and ears open. You know everything there is to know about him: his favorite color, what he's like when he's cranky, even the last book he read. Keep bonding and you'll be on your way to Couple of the Year.
MOSTLY B's: You're so caught up in the awesomeness of your relationship that you can't quite see what's right in front of you. Or who. Instead of taking the time to get to know your honey, you're dead-set on fast-forwarding to the good parts. Don't rush things. Slow down and you may just find that you're closer than you think.
MOSTLY C's: You've got a great man who loves being around you and everything's going swimmingly...so, why are you worried all the time? You're so busy trying to make him happy and comfortable in the relationship that you're not allowing yourself to actually enjoy the time you spend together. You've got to trust that he's with you for a reason and start saving that brain of yours for counting the ways you're perfect for each other.