My Peoples of 2011:

Denise, my BBF, has been a part of my life since 1st grade and I know she’ll always be part of my life. In the least amount of words, she’s epic. In every sort of way. I mean, I lost count of all the things she’s done for me, little things and all. She’s so important to me and I want people to know that if they ever hurt her in any way, shape, or form, I will take vengeance on her behalf. She knows it, I know it. I’ll protect her until the day God takes me off this Earth. She’s such a huge part of my world and I wanna keep it that way. 

Elyssa, the BFF, is my fucking everything. She’s the cutest thing I’ve ever met, I mean… She’s, like, I don’t even know… I have no words. Everything about her is so cute and adorable, even her scrappy South Bronx attitude is cute. She doesn’t need me to protect her. She can handle her own. But, I’ve gotten so used to being by her side so often that I don’t think I can ever let go. I don’t want to. Is that selfish? … Too bad. I know I’ll always be there for her. And she’ll always be around for me, too. 

So, my wife, Olinda, is… my wife. The only person who I allow to order me around. Hahahaha…. That sound bad? Oh, well… I’d do so much for this girl because she has done so much for me. Isn’t it funny that she thought I was weird freshman year and a year later she was calling me her wife and best friend? Yep. Dass mi Oleendaaa. You know what else? She knows so much about me. I’ve spilled my guts to her several times over the last year or so and yet, there was never a moment where I felt nervous about telling her all about me. Because, after all, she’s done the same thing. We’re so comfortable around each other. 

Ahh, Ellen. Wow, we’ve come a loooooong way, haven’t we? You’re another one who avoided me freshman year, which is totally understandable considering I was (and still am) a crazy motherfucker. But, things changed. We confided in one another. We’ve shared stories, secrets, tears, obsessions. Everything. We’ve shared everything. You’ve quickly become a sister to me. You’ve helped me in so many different ways, Ellen. Ways in which I probably will never be able to repay you for. I owe you, and yet you think that you owe me. … Maybe we owe each other? Hahaha… Our friendship is an amazing thing. I intend to keep it that way. Infinitely, right? Right. ∞ 

RED! Can we back up the truck to right before freshman year? Like, soccer pre-season? When you still had that lesbian-gym-teacher look? I will never forget how we bonded over hating certain peoples’ guts that summer. You became a very special friend, Kacie. And you called a role model, something I’ve never been told before. You helped me through so much shit and you always made sure to check on me on my worst days. Thank you for that. You’re such a beautiful girl. So caring. That’s something to hold on to. Keep that in mind. 

Jazmine. Jazzy. Jazz. Ayo, Princess Spick! I fucking love your crazy ass. You know how much you mean to me, bro? Holy shit. You’re just like me sometimes. And other times, you’re not. But, you and me? Yeah, we’re our own version of Cristina & Callie (I. am. not. Meredith.). You’re my person. I tell you all my crazy drama and you tell me yours, and, together, we come up with our own stupid ass slogans. Such as, “Bitch, to your corner!” or “You should just go to the bathroom and sit on the toilet, coz you’re gonna shit yourself. You’re gonna shit bricks, dude. NO, YOU’RE GONNA SHIT CINDER BLOCKS!” Hahahaha, I will never forget that.

Oh nancypantss<3. WHY WE SO CUTE? You’re so goddamn awesome, Nancy. You’re just… the best. Youse mah bestie, mah nigga. Like, how did that come to be? I never thought that we would be this close, Nancy. You heard some of my worst stories and I’ve listened to some of yours. You come to me whenever you need me and I feel honored to know that you appreciate my friendship as much as I appreciate yours. You’re just…. you’re my nancypantss. 

Samanthaaaa, Sammie, Samsterz, Sam. Hi. You’re one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Did you know that? You’re my favorite spanish partner. You’re so cute and caring and you have the biggest heart. You forgive, maybe not so easily, but wholeheartedly. You’re such a beautiful person. I can’t believe there are people in the world like you. Yes, you have your bitch-out moments, but don’t we all? Please, never ever change the way you are. 

Tyiesha. Oh, Ty. You definitely have impacted my life in so many ways. Your bubbly personality is so refreshing and different and I love it when you laugh and smile. You helped me a lot this year. And I know I helped you. Can I just say thanks, though? For all the things you’ve done for me and will do for me in the future. You’re such an amazing friend

Cecile. Did you know that you’re amazing? You are. You’re une belle fille. That is the right translation for “a beautiful girl”, right? I hope so. Because you are. I still have that message you sent me awhile back saying: "Please do me a favor Cat: Don’t let anyone make you think you’re less than amazing in every possible way." I love that message. So, so, much. You’re incredible. Thank you. 

I want you guys to know that I love you all very, very much. You’ve changed my life and I want y’all to have a great new year that is filled with only happy memories and prosperity.