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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: For Him
By Latina Staff | 12/07/2009 - 17:15

We have something for every budget on our list of gift ideas for the men in your life. Whether your favorite guy is a gadget guru or the quiet nerdy type, we've searched high and low for thoughtful and fun gifts that were made just for him. Happy shopping!

Reporting by Chris Hermosilla, Mariela Rosario and Shani Saxon-Parrish


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Attention, Por Favor!
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 12/07/2009 - 10:00

I've never been the type of woman who needs constant attention from a man. I’ve spent over a year not dating—as in celibate! So why had I agreed to go on a date with Alex, a man who treated me well, but with whom I felt no spark during our six-month relationship? Was this just a cry for attention?

I wasn’t quite sure, so I decided to let Alex know what was on my mind.

“Maybe it isn’t a good idea that we hang out,” I began.

“Really? But I like hanging out with you. You’re great!”


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Looking Back
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 12/01/2009 - 15:55

For a single gal, the holiday season can bring a bit of the blues. Sure it feels wonderful to be with my semi-dysfunctional familia (I have a crotch grabbing aunt and many drunken uncles), but I find it difficult to enjoy the coquito and turkey wings when everyone around me is coupled off. I wish I had a man to wipe away the grease from my lip! And how about someone to tuck me in for a nap when the turkey and drinks do their job?


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2009 Holiday Gift Guide: For Her
By Latina Staff | 11/30/2009 - 15:05

As fun as shopping can be, it gets stressful trying to find the perfect gifts for all of the women in your life. Our list of creative and thoughtful presents is tailored to her personality type and interests. Whether it's your sister the glamour girl, or your best friend the gym rat, we've got something here for every lady on your list. You're welcome!

Reporting by Shani Saxon-Parrish, Mariela Rosario, Miranda Noland and Chris Hermosilla.


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Lookin' for Lovin'
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 11/24/2009 - 13:00

After sending that email to Mr. G, I just wanted to live my life. With that change of mentality came a change of energy. Just like that I felt open to everything and, because of this, men came a-knocking.

Exes started calling, trying to rekindle what once was. My first love even created an artistic portrait of one of my pictures because he was "inspired." Was it Elijah's way of showing me he wanted more than friendship, I wondered? Ah, who cares!


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On My Own?
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 11/19/2009 - 15:54

After my so-called date, I felt myself slipping into a state of lonely stagnation. There I was: a 31-year-old woman with no potential romance in sight, still moping over the Mr. G fiasco. I tried moving forward, planning events and working, but my thoughts returned to feelings of hopelessness.

Then I had a dream. I dreamed that two fish were swimming in a fountain alongside one another. My eyes snapped open and I knew what I had to do to regain faith and move past the bitterness that consumed me. So I grabbed my handy Blackberry and composed the following message.


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First Date
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 11/18/2009 - 12:03

My heartbeat quickened as I walked toward the golden arches. This was my first time going out with a new guy in a while, and I still didn't know how I felt about it all. I just hoped he wasn't taking me to McDonald's. Seconds later, we were finally face to face and I hoped to gain some clarity. But I didn't really feel anything when we first met, no butterflies fluttering or even a hint of a caterpillar trying to break free of its cocoon.


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Back in the Game
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 11/12/2009 - 15:16

I hadn't been on a date in months. Speed dating was a bust and Mr. G—well, we all know what happened with him, don't we? So you can imagine how confused I felt when a fellow whom I met back in June emailed me saying he wanted to see me again. With so many months of not dating and waiting for Mr. G, I didn't even know when a guy was asking me out. Plus, this guy was nice and kept in touch because he was a friend, no?


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Change is in the Air
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 11/10/2009 - 17:00

My conversation with Mr. G was more of the same. I vented and expressed my frustration yet again, and he attempted to soothe me by telling me he cared, yet again. But something in this familiar routine had slightly changed. My heart didn't flutter as usual. And my thoughts? My thoughts were actually logical. I didn't fantasize about our reunion and future, fairytale wedding. For the first time in a long time, I was focused on the present.


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Hanging By a Text
By Sujeiry Gonzalez | 11/06/2009 - 10:54

I finally broke down. At 2 a.m. one morning, I found myself crying in a bar because of Mr. G. He didn't do anything—and that was the problem. Not to mention I felt incredibly alone after the speed dating and singles mixer debacle. So from one minute to the next I went from swaying to a song to sobbing in a bathroom stall. And then I did something I haven’t done since my days as a foolish and impulsive 20-something-year-old: drunk text.


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