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The Spanglish Girl Diaries Ride or Die Chick Season Two Diary No 18 The first words out of Cristiano’s mouth were, “Is it mine?” His ex-girlfriend shook her head yes and shared she was 7 months pregnant so it had to be his. I quickly did the math in my head, and I was relieved to realize that at seven months, the baby would have been conceived before Cristiano and I, even met. Cristiano then demanded, accusingly, “How can you be so sure it’s mine?” When she didn’t respond, he then added, his tone full of bitterness, “I ask because we…

The Spanglish Girl Diaries Season Two Diary No. 17 Mi Novio… Earrings! He bought me earrings! Not a ring! Thank God… As Cristiano held the earrings up to me, he asked me to be his girlfriend. Still recuperating from the scare, my emotions got the best of me, and instead of responding to his question, I placed one hand on my heart and shouted, “Don’t scare me like that! I thought it was a ring!” Cristiano’s eyes filled with confusion and hurt. Trying to make sense of my reaction, he looked down at his knees, then slowly moved his eyes…

The Spanglish Girl Diaries Season Two Diary No. 16 Single Girls Have More Fun Finally clear of the dance floor—and my admirers—I was free to relax. I found a seat at the very edge the bar and slid off my heels. The bartender neared me and asked what I would like.  I ordered a soda and as I waited for it to arrive, my thoughts turned to Cristiano. After all the attention I received tonight from men, I began to realize that maybe I was wrong and he was right… While Cristiano was making every effort to win me over, including…

The Spanglish Girl Diaries Madrina Season Two Diary No. 15 As I pulled up to Carina’s house, I spotted Natalia peeking out the front window. Within seconds, the front door swung open and she came racing out, Carina following behind her.  Excited to greet my new goddaughter, I jumped out of my car and neared her with my arms wide open. We met each other with a hug. As I lifted Natalia and twirled her, she shrieked with glee and asked, “Can I call you fairy godmother Cristina?” I took no convincing; Overjoyed by the idea, I replied, “Of course Princess Natalia.”…

The Spanglish Girl Diaries Special Delivery Season Two Diary No. 15 On the dot, right as I landed, Cristiano text me he was waiting at baggage claim. Three weeks had passed since we last saw each other. Truth be told, I could barely remember what he even looked like… Tired from an overnight flight and drained from the emotions of having to say goodbye to my mother, I began to second guess this whole morning date. My grief was still raw and my sadness deep, so much so that I just wasn’t in the mood to be social. As soon…

An Ortiz Easter Easter Traditions from a Mexican-American Home Easter with my family is nothing like the movies.  Instead of your traditional Easter ham, we have carnitas.  And there’s no gathering around a nicely set table with grandma’s fine china. I don’t think my grandmother even owned china… No, at our house, it’s paper plates and Norteños blasting, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s been a while since I last attended an Ortiz Easter.  This year I made it home for our annual celebration which consists of my cousins, tios and tias gathering at the Ortiz compound (the childhood home my mother and…