I LOVE nights with Thursday Night Football. And this week, more than usual, it’s important I watch because for the first time in our five+ years of dating, I can actually go to my boyfriend’s annual family Christmas Party (also known as the only event they get together for all year) thanks to the Patriots playing on Monday night. Finally, after all the years of fighting, my boyfriend guilt-tripping me to oblivion, all in the name of my endless devotion to the Patriots, I can go to his family party and I won’t have to worry about the scorn I’ll receive when he gets home.

I’m still slightly bummed that I’ll be missing the rest of the games but I’ll survive. Relationships, after all, are about compromise and making sacrifices. I guess I can sacrifice one Sunday afternoon. I hope the boyfriend appreciates this!