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Day 366
The End, Goodbye 2012. 
“A collage of my 365 project is displayed on my TV via my laptop.”
Where to start… First of all, 2012 has been a year full of memories, both good and bad ones. This will by my final entry into my Bailey 365 (366) 2012 project, as this year winds down to an end. Perhaps tomorrow, y’all will see a new 365 project begin from me, but as of this hour, I still haven’t decided whether or not to pursue yet another project. I’m happy I finished this project, unlike others. I’ve never missed a day either, with the exception that I came home past midnight, therefore my post was uploaded the day after the picture was taken. Time does fly by fast. I still remember New Year’s Day back on January 1, 2012. I remember going back to school, fast forward a few months and there came 2012 Spring Break. A few weeks later was my senior prom, and a little over a month after that was high school graduation! All good times, and that wrapped up my time as a high school student at The Science Academy of South Texas. Summer then began, with really nothing to do but think about how the college life was going to be. Everybody said it was fun, more relaxed, and more freedom to do what you wanted to do. They were right. On August 28th, I began my first official day of the beginning of my college life. I must admit, I was quite nervous at first, walking onto the grounds of The University of Texas – Pan American, but within a short time, the feeling of nervousness went away. What happened the following day? My 18th birthday. I officially became an adult. And what was the first thing I did? Registered to vote, of course! Who can forget that this year was a big election year… and the Republican National Convention was going on right around the time my birthday took place. On that note, fast forward a few months and that’s when the first presidential debate was televised to us all, Romney vs. Obama. We clearly knew who won that debate… although, Governor Romney would fail to win the election on November 6th, my first day ever voting in any election, well, besides those silly elections at for school officers. I was upset, as was a lot of people, but what can ya do? Just suck it up and move on with life. The month after the elections, I was busy studying for finals that were coming up in the middle of the month. I passed all of my courses with flying colors! I’m content with how I did during my first semester at the university level. One more major thing that DIDN’T happen this year was the end of the world! What fools. Who actually believed that? I didn’t. Well, those people on those TV shows about doomsday sure made a lot of money, that’s for sure. As I type right now, I’m listening to my favorite news channel, FOXNews, discussing this “fiscal cliff” ordeal that will expire at midnight, the start of the 2013 year. This is just another historic moment that has happened this year. Overall, I have really enjoyed working on this project. It may have gotten annoying at times, but now looking back through my album, it brings back good memories for the most part. It’s nice seeing your work completed. I’m glad to have met all of the people I did during the year, and despite a few of those that I am no longer acquainted with, it’s nice having great friends who you can relate to. I’m also grateful and thankful that my grandparents are still with me, especially my grandfather who turned 92 on November 5th of this year. They mean the world to me, as well as my little dog, Snow White! I also lost my favorite uncle back in July. Even though he’s not biologically related to me, he’ll always have a place in my heart. I hope he’s doing well up in heaven. I’d like to dedicate the following few lines to a select few. Jeanette Gonzalez, you’ve been my bestest and one of my closest friends ever since we met back in the 6th grade. I thank you for being able to put up with my erm… attitude, and always being there for me. Hannina Laidee Simon Francia, you’re one of my bestest friends from high school, and will always continue to be one of my bestest friends even though you don’t live here in the valley anymore. I miss you and I hope to see you soon! Dorothy Tio, you’re also one of my bestest friends from high school and I’m glad that we go to the same university and car pool twice a week! I really don’t know if my college experience would be the same without you.. if you know what I mean! Arantxa Hernandez, you’re the other bestest friend from high school that I dearly miss. I remember sitting at the lunch table with you, Dorothy, and Laidee and just having a good time, especially with your silliness! I miss you as well! Amy Nguyễn, you’re one of my bestest friends too, and my Vietnamese buddy! You’re a great friend and a wonderful person, and I’m looking forward to hanging out with you soon too! Dilpreet Lidhar, even though we don’t really talk much anymore, thank you for being a good friend and my prom date! It was a um… a night I won’t forget, haha! Emma Morales, even though I met you towards the middle of my senior year, you’ve truly been a good friend to me and I think you’re an amazing person. I’m glad to have gotten to know you and congratulations on getting into Texas A&M! Last but not least, Loi Francia, you’re a cool dude and a brother from another mother! Haha. You and your sister, and actually, all of your family are wonderful people! I wish you the best at your new school and I’m proud of how well you did at Sci-Tech. All of you that I just mentioned have made this year, and previous years, a part of good memories I’ll always cherish. As for all of those who have kept up with my 365 project, I appreciate your positive feedback (minus those haters who are always going to hate), and your kind comments were a big part of what kept me going to finish this project. Check back tomorrow and who knows, maybe you’ll find a new 365 project beginning. Happy New Year, everybody! Have a great new year and an early congratulations to all of those in the 2013 class graduating from The Science Academy of South Texas. With that, I conclude my Bailey 365 (366) project. The end, goodbye 2012.

Day 366

The End, Goodbye 2012.

“A collage of my 365 project is displayed on my TV via my laptop.”

Where to start… First of all, 2012 has been a year full of memories, both good and bad ones. This will by my final entry into my Bailey 365 (366) 2012 project, as this year winds down to an end. Perhaps tomorrow, y’all will see a new 365 project begin from me, but as of this hour, I still haven’t decided whether or not to pursue yet another project. I’m happy I finished this project, unlike others. I’ve never missed a day either, with the exception that I came home past midnight, therefore my post was uploaded the day after the picture was taken. Time does fly by fast. I still remember New Year’s Day back on January 1, 2012. I remember going back to school, fast forward a few months and there came 2012 Spring Break. A few weeks later was my senior prom, and a little over a month after that was high school graduation! All good times, and that wrapped up my time as a high school student at The Science Academy of South Texas. Summer then began, with really nothing to do but think about how the college life was going to be. Everybody said it was fun, more relaxed, and more freedom to do what you wanted to do. They were right. On August 28th, I began my first official day of the beginning of my college life. I must admit, I was quite nervous at first, walking onto the grounds of The University of Texas – Pan American, but within a short time, the feeling of nervousness went away. What happened the following day? My 18th birthday. I officially became an adult. And what was the first thing I did? Registered to vote, of course! Who can forget that this year was a big election year… and the Republican National Convention was going on right around the time my birthday took place. On that note, fast forward a few months and that’s when the first presidential debate was televised to us all, Romney vs. Obama. We clearly knew who won that debate… although, Governor Romney would fail to win the election on November 6th, my first day ever voting in any election, well, besides those silly elections at for school officers. I was upset, as was a lot of people, but what can ya do? Just suck it up and move on with life. The month after the elections, I was busy studying for finals that were coming up in the middle of the month. I passed all of my courses with flying colors! I’m content with how I did during my first semester at the university level. One more major thing that DIDN’T happen this year was the end of the world! What fools. Who actually believed that? I didn’t. Well, those people on those TV shows about doomsday sure made a lot of money, that’s for sure. As I type right now, I’m listening to my favorite news channel, FOXNews, discussing this “fiscal cliff” ordeal that will expire at midnight, the start of the 2013 year. This is just another historic moment that has happened this year. Overall, I have really enjoyed working on this project. It may have gotten annoying at times, but now looking back through my album, it brings back good memories for the most part. It’s nice seeing your work completed. I’m glad to have met all of the people I did during the year, and despite a few of those that I am no longer acquainted with, it’s nice having great friends who you can relate to. I’m also grateful and thankful that my grandparents are still with me, especially my grandfather who turned 92 on November 5th of this year. They mean the world to me, as well as my little dog, Snow White! I also lost my favorite uncle back in July. Even though he’s not biologically related to me, he’ll always have a place in my heart. I hope he’s doing well up in heaven. I’d like to dedicate the following few lines to a select few. Jeanette Gonzalez, you’ve been my bestest and one of my closest friends ever since we met back in the 6th grade. I thank you for being able to put up with my erm… attitude, and always being there for me. Hannina Laidee Simon Francia, you’re one of my bestest friends from high school, and will always continue to be one of my bestest friends even though you don’t live here in the valley anymore. I miss you and I hope to see you soon! Dorothy Tio, you’re also one of my bestest friends from high school and I’m glad that we go to the same university and car pool twice a week! I really don’t know if my college experience would be the same without you.. if you know what I mean! Arantxa Hernandez, you’re the other bestest friend from high school that I dearly miss. I remember sitting at the lunch table with you, Dorothy, and Laidee and just having a good time, especially with your silliness! I miss you as well! Amy Nguyễn, you’re one of my bestest friends too, and my Vietnamese buddy! You’re a great friend and a wonderful person, and I’m looking forward to hanging out with you soon too! Dilpreet Lidhar, even though we don’t really talk much anymore, thank you for being a good friend and my prom date! It was a um… a night I won’t forget, haha! Emma Morales, even though I met you towards the middle of my senior year, you’ve truly been a good friend to me and I think you’re an amazing person. I’m glad to have gotten to know you and congratulations on getting into Texas A&M! Last but not least, Loi Francia, you’re a cool dude and a brother from another mother! Haha. You and your sister, and actually, all of your family are wonderful people! I wish you the best at your new school and I’m proud of how well you did at Sci-Tech. All of you that I just mentioned have made this year, and previous years, a part of good memories I’ll always cherish. As for all of those who have kept up with my 365 project, I appreciate your positive feedback (minus those haters who are always going to hate), and your kind comments were a big part of what kept me going to finish this project. Check back tomorrow and who knows, maybe you’ll find a new 365 project beginning. Happy New Year, everybody! Have a great new year and an early congratulations to all of those in the 2013 class graduating from The Science Academy of South Texas. With that, I conclude my Bailey 365 (366) project. The end, goodbye 2012.

Day 365
Pancake Making. 
“My grandmother pours pancake batter onto her new Orgreenic pan to make my pancakes for tonight’s dinner.”
I didn’t do anything today, nothing of interest anyways. Well, one more day of 2012 left! One more day of my 365 project too, I can’t believe it. Hopefully there is something to do tomorrow.

Day 365

Pancake Making.

“My grandmother pours pancake batter onto her new Orgreenic pan to make my pancakes for tonight’s dinner.”

I didn’t do anything today, nothing of interest anyways. Well, one more day of 2012 left! One more day of my 365 project too, I can’t believe it. Hopefully there is something to do tomorrow.

Day 364
Lighthouse View. 
“Atop the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a view of the Queen Isabella Causeway can be seen connecting the mainland to South Padre Island, Texas.”
What a day! Even though it was cold, my friend and I went to Port Isabel and South Padre Island just for fun and to take pictures. I really wanted to get this shot in sometime during the duration of my 365 project, and today was the day. Even though the lighthouse outer deck was closed off due to maintenance, I managed to capture this image at the very top of the lighthouse. It was very cold I must say. We drove around Port Isabel, and then went across the causeway to the island. It was a bit crowded, but not as bad as other days. We drove along the island, and drove all the way to the sandy end of the island, where we got out and went to the beach. The water was FREEZING cold too! I also got my jeans all sandy and wet… darn. We took pictures there as well, and then went to pick up Pizza Hut. The drive home was faster than the drive there, odd. Again, despite the cold weather and strong winds, my visit to the island wasn’t bad at all.

Day 364

Lighthouse View.

“Atop the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a view of the Queen Isabella Causeway can be seen connecting the mainland to South Padre Island, Texas.”

What a day! Even though it was cold, my friend and I went to Port Isabel and South Padre Island just for fun and to take pictures. I really wanted to get this shot in sometime during the duration of my 365 project, and today was the day. Even though the lighthouse outer deck was closed off due to maintenance, I managed to capture this image at the very top of the lighthouse. It was very cold I must say. We drove around Port Isabel, and then went across the causeway to the island. It was a bit crowded, but not as bad as other days. We drove along the island, and drove all the way to the sandy end of the island, where we got out and went to the beach. The water was FREEZING cold too! I also got my jeans all sandy and wet… darn. We took pictures there as well, and then went to pick up Pizza Hut. The drive home was faster than the drive there, odd. Again, despite the cold weather and strong winds, my visit to the island wasn’t bad at all.

Day 363
City Hall. 
“The former Brownsville City Hall, housed in an old, Spanish church located in Market Square, sits right in the middle of downtown Brownsville, Texas.”
Ah, my car is back home. Thank goodness, I can go places again. I was supposed to go out today, but since my car was in repair, I couldn’t. The dealership sent a driver to come pick me up and take me back to the dealership to pick up my car. That awkward noise coming from the glove compartment is gone! FINALLY! It was so annoying, making weird sounds all the time. Well, that’s one more thing out of the way. I drove around Brownsville to make sure that sound didn’t come up again, and it didn’t… for now at least.

Day 363

City Hall.

“The former Brownsville City Hall, housed in an old, Spanish church located in Market Square, sits right in the middle of downtown Brownsville, Texas.”

Ah, my car is back home. Thank goodness, I can go places again. I was supposed to go out today, but since my car was in repair, I couldn’t. The dealership sent a driver to come pick me up and take me back to the dealership to pick up my car. That awkward noise coming from the glove compartment is gone! FINALLY! It was so annoying, making weird sounds all the time. Well, that’s one more thing out of the way. I drove around Brownsville to make sure that sound didn’t come up again, and it didn’t… for now at least.

Day 362
Goodbye, Christmas. 
“Strings of Christmas lights are rolled up on old newspapers for storage after I took down all of the Christmas decorations late this evening.”
I actually had things to do today. First of all, my car isn’t here, sadly, it’s in the service center. It should be back tomorrow. I had to climb on the roof today to clean out leafs that have been piling up in corners of the carport and other areas, and put them in a bucket to take back down. My grandfather made me re-organize the other office, and throw away old materials. My grandmother told me to clean out one of the storage rooms outside as well. I threw an old, rusty wheelchair out to the street, and somebody immediately came to take it. Wow. Well, at least they might have a use for it. In the evening, I changed the front door locks, and then took down all of the Christmas decorations. Very productive day.

Day 362

Goodbye, Christmas.

“Strings of Christmas lights are rolled up on old newspapers for storage after I took down all of the Christmas decorations late this evening.”

I actually had things to do today. First of all, my car isn’t here, sadly, it’s in the service center. It should be back tomorrow. I had to climb on the roof today to clean out leafs that have been piling up in corners of the carport and other areas, and put them in a bucket to take back down. My grandfather made me re-organize the other office, and throw away old materials. My grandmother told me to clean out one of the storage rooms outside as well. I threw an old, rusty wheelchair out to the street, and somebody immediately came to take it. Wow. Well, at least they might have a use for it. In the evening, I changed the front door locks, and then took down all of the Christmas decorations. Very productive day.

Day 361
Welcome to Historic Brownsville. 
“The main Welcome to Brownsville sign greets people entering the historic district in downtown. This sign was made by my grandparents years ago, through a technique known as “sandblasting” on redwood.”
One day closer to the end of 2012, and the beginning of 2013. I had to go to downtown today to deliver a sign order that was sent over to us this afternoon. I’ve had a huge headache all day long, and I don’t know why… ugh.

Day 361

Welcome to Historic Brownsville.

“The main Welcome to Brownsville sign greets people entering the historic district in downtown. This sign was made by my grandparents years ago, through a technique known as “sandblasting” on redwood.”

One day closer to the end of 2012, and the beginning of 2013. I had to go to downtown today to deliver a sign order that was sent over to us this afternoon. I’ve had a huge headache all day long, and I don’t know why… ugh.

Day 360
Merry Christmas! 
“After opening his Christmas present from me, a big box of chocolates, my grandfather looks up and poses for the camera.”
Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope everybody had a great day, I know I did. I woke up early this morning that way my grandparents could open the gifts I bought for them, as well as being able to give my dog Snow White her gift. I bought my grandfather a big box of Whitman Chocolates, an Orgreenic cooking pan for my grandmother, and a new dog bed for Snow White. I’m glad they all liked their gifts. I went out to buy lunch for myself, and was lucky to find Sonic open. Everything was pretty much closed. One other good thing out of today was there was hardly anybody else driving on the roads. I went home and had lunch with my grandparents, and then back to Facebook I went, sending IM’s to people wishing them a Merry Christmas. I’m going shopping tomorrow… hopefully it’s not dangerous, haha. Have a great night everybody!

Day 360

Merry Christmas!

“After opening his Christmas present from me, a big box of chocolates, my grandfather looks up and poses for the camera.”

Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope everybody had a great day, I know I did. I woke up early this morning that way my grandparents could open the gifts I bought for them, as well as being able to give my dog Snow White her gift. I bought my grandfather a big box of Whitman Chocolates, an Orgreenic cooking pan for my grandmother, and a new dog bed for Snow White. I’m glad they all liked their gifts. I went out to buy lunch for myself, and was lucky to find Sonic open. Everything was pretty much closed. One other good thing out of today was there was hardly anybody else driving on the roads. I went home and had lunch with my grandparents, and then back to Facebook I went, sending IM’s to people wishing them a Merry Christmas. I’m going shopping tomorrow… hopefully it’s not dangerous, haha. Have a great night everybody!

Day 359
Monarch. 
“A Monarch butterfly perches on a flower in my grandmother’s garden.”
Tomorrow is Christmas already. Wow, time goes by fast… I hope everybody has a great Christmas day tomorrow! I also hope my grandparents enjoy their gifts. Today is Christmas Eve, but around this house, it was just another day. Nothing really happened, as usual. My grandmother put more gas in my car though, yay, I can finally go somewhere now haha.

Day 359

Monarch.

“A Monarch butterfly perches on a flower in my grandmother’s garden.”

Tomorrow is Christmas already. Wow, time goes by fast… I hope everybody has a great Christmas day tomorrow! I also hope my grandparents enjoy their gifts. Today is Christmas Eve, but around this house, it was just another day. Nothing really happened, as usual. My grandmother put more gas in my car though, yay, I can finally go somewhere now haha.

Day 358
Longhorn Cattle Company. 
“The main entrance hall/waiting room at the Longhorn Cattle Company barbeque restaurant in San Benito, Texas.”
Finally finished painting the office, and now looking for something else to do… bleh. Besides finishing the office, I didn’t really do anything else but that. My grandmother sent me to go buy some beans from the Longhorn Cattle Company restaurant this evening as a part of Christmas lunch/dinner. The place is closed tomorrow, so I had to go today. At least she let me drive her truck, haha. Happy early Christmas Eve!

Day 358

Longhorn Cattle Company.

“The main entrance hall/waiting room at the Longhorn Cattle Company barbeque restaurant in San Benito, Texas.”

Finally finished painting the office, and now looking for something else to do… bleh. Besides finishing the office, I didn’t really do anything else but that. My grandmother sent me to go buy some beans from the Longhorn Cattle Company restaurant this evening as a part of Christmas lunch/dinner. The place is closed tomorrow, so I had to go today. At least she let me drive her truck, haha. Happy early Christmas Eve!

Day 357
Chick-fil-A. 
“A row of big Christmas light bulbs line the drive thru at Chick-fil-A in Brownsville, Texas.”
I’m almost done painting the office. Just have to paint one door and clean up the mess, and it’s done. I went to The Home Depot to get more paint, and then bought lunch at Chick-fil-A. The line at the drive thru looked extremely long, but they have some sort of system in place that makes it actually work pretty efficiently and fast, despite it looking long. I don’t know what to do after I finish the office… probably paint the front gate entrance and put tiling on the entryway? I dunno.

Day 357

Chick-fil-A.

“A row of big Christmas light bulbs line the drive thru at Chick-fil-A in Brownsville, Texas.”

I’m almost done painting the office. Just have to paint one door and clean up the mess, and it’s done. I went to The Home Depot to get more paint, and then bought lunch at Chick-fil-A. The line at the drive thru looked extremely long, but they have some sort of system in place that makes it actually work pretty efficiently and fast, despite it looking long. I don’t know what to do after I finish the office… probably paint the front gate entrance and put tiling on the entryway? I dunno.

Day 356
12/21/2012. 
“A calendar displays the date of December 21, 2012, the supposed “doomsday”, and the first day of Winter.”
Well, we all lived! Those idiots who said today was going to be the end of the world clearly got their facts wrong, as we’re still here. I didn’t believe in this hoax to begin with. I just spent my day at home, painting more walls in the house. I’m still painting right now actually, nothing much to it.

Day 356

12/21/2012.

“A calendar displays the date of December 21, 2012, the supposed “doomsday”, and the first day of Winter.”

Well, we all lived! Those idiots who said today was going to be the end of the world clearly got their facts wrong, as we’re still here. I didn’t believe in this hoax to begin with. I just spent my day at home, painting more walls in the house. I’m still painting right now actually, nothing much to it.

Day 355
Courthouse Rotunda. 
“A view of the 1912 Brownsville Courthouse Rotunda, made out of stained glass located in downtown Brownsville, Texas.”
Christmas shopping is done! I spent the day out with my best friend Jeanette, and she helped me go shopping for Christmas gifts for my grandmother, grandfather, and my dog, Snow White. I hope they all like their gifts! We also went on a self-guided tour of the old 1912 courthouse in town, something I’ve always wanted to see, and the architecture is just amazing. The smell was a bit weird though.. then again, the building is 100 years old. There was a choir of middle school students singing up above on the 3rd floor when we first got inside, which spooked us a bit. Overall, it was a great day and fun too!

Day 355

Courthouse Rotunda.

“A view of the 1912 Brownsville Courthouse Rotunda, made out of stained glass located in downtown Brownsville, Texas.”

Christmas shopping is done! I spent the day out with my best friend Jeanette, and she helped me go shopping for Christmas gifts for my grandmother, grandfather, and my dog, Snow White. I hope they all like their gifts! We also went on a self-guided tour of the old 1912 courthouse in town, something I’ve always wanted to see, and the architecture is just amazing. The smell was a bit weird though.. then again, the building is 100 years old. There was a choir of middle school students singing up above on the 3rd floor when we first got inside, which spooked us a bit. Overall, it was a great day and fun too!

Day 366
The End, Goodbye 2012. 
“A collage of my 365 project is displayed on my TV via my laptop.”
Where to start… First of all, 2012 has been a year full of memories, both good and bad ones. This will by my final entry into my Bailey 365 (366) 2012 project, as this year winds down to an end. Perhaps tomorrow, y’all will see a new 365 project begin from me, but as of this hour, I still haven’t decided whether or not to pursue yet another project. I’m happy I finished this project, unlike others. I’ve never missed a day either, with the exception that I came home past midnight, therefore my post was uploaded the day after the picture was taken. Time does fly by fast. I still remember New Year’s Day back on January 1, 2012. I remember going back to school, fast forward a few months and there came 2012 Spring Break. A few weeks later was my senior prom, and a little over a month after that was high school graduation! All good times, and that wrapped up my time as a high school student at The Science Academy of South Texas. Summer then began, with really nothing to do but think about how the college life was going to be. Everybody said it was fun, more relaxed, and more freedom to do what you wanted to do. They were right. On August 28th, I began my first official day of the beginning of my college life. I must admit, I was quite nervous at first, walking onto the grounds of The University of Texas – Pan American, but within a short time, the feeling of nervousness went away. What happened the following day? My 18th birthday. I officially became an adult. And what was the first thing I did? Registered to vote, of course! Who can forget that this year was a big election year… and the Republican National Convention was going on right around the time my birthday took place. On that note, fast forward a few months and that’s when the first presidential debate was televised to us all, Romney vs. Obama. We clearly knew who won that debate… although, Governor Romney would fail to win the election on November 6th, my first day ever voting in any election, well, besides those silly elections at for school officers. I was upset, as was a lot of people, but what can ya do? Just suck it up and move on with life. The month after the elections, I was busy studying for finals that were coming up in the middle of the month. I passed all of my courses with flying colors! I’m content with how I did during my first semester at the university level. One more major thing that DIDN’T happen this year was the end of the world! What fools. Who actually believed that? I didn’t. Well, those people on those TV shows about doomsday sure made a lot of money, that’s for sure. As I type right now, I’m listening to my favorite news channel, FOXNews, discussing this “fiscal cliff” ordeal that will expire at midnight, the start of the 2013 year. This is just another historic moment that has happened this year. Overall, I have really enjoyed working on this project. It may have gotten annoying at times, but now looking back through my album, it brings back good memories for the most part. It’s nice seeing your work completed. I’m glad to have met all of the people I did during the year, and despite a few of those that I am no longer acquainted with, it’s nice having great friends who you can relate to. I’m also grateful and thankful that my grandparents are still with me, especially my grandfather who turned 92 on November 5th of this year. They mean the world to me, as well as my little dog, Snow White! I also lost my favorite uncle back in July. Even though he’s not biologically related to me, he’ll always have a place in my heart. I hope he’s doing well up in heaven. I’d like to dedicate the following few lines to a select few. Jeanette Gonzalez, you’ve been my bestest and one of my closest friends ever since we met back in the 6th grade. I thank you for being able to put up with my erm… attitude, and always being there for me. Hannina Laidee Simon Francia, you’re one of my bestest friends from high school, and will always continue to be one of my bestest friends even though you don’t live here in the valley anymore. I miss you and I hope to see you soon! Dorothy Tio, you’re also one of my bestest friends from high school and I’m glad that we go to the same university and car pool twice a week! I really don’t know if my college experience would be the same without you.. if you know what I mean! Arantxa Hernandez, you’re the other bestest friend from high school that I dearly miss. I remember sitting at the lunch table with you, Dorothy, and Laidee and just having a good time, especially with your silliness! I miss you as well! Amy Nguyễn, you’re one of my bestest friends too, and my Vietnamese buddy! You’re a great friend and a wonderful person, and I’m looking forward to hanging out with you soon too! Dilpreet Lidhar, even though we don’t really talk much anymore, thank you for being a good friend and my prom date! It was a um… a night I won’t forget, haha! Emma Morales, even though I met you towards the middle of my senior year, you’ve truly been a good friend to me and I think you’re an amazing person. I’m glad to have gotten to know you and congratulations on getting into Texas A&M! Last but not least, Loi Francia, you’re a cool dude and a brother from another mother! Haha. You and your sister, and actually, all of your family are wonderful people! I wish you the best at your new school and I’m proud of how well you did at Sci-Tech. All of you that I just mentioned have made this year, and previous years, a part of good memories I’ll always cherish. As for all of those who have kept up with my 365 project, I appreciate your positive feedback (minus those haters who are always going to hate), and your kind comments were a big part of what kept me going to finish this project. Check back tomorrow and who knows, maybe you’ll find a new 365 project beginning. Happy New Year, everybody! Have a great new year and an early congratulations to all of those in the 2013 class graduating from The Science Academy of South Texas. With that, I conclude my Bailey 365 (366) project. The end, goodbye 2012.

Day 366

The End, Goodbye 2012.

“A collage of my 365 project is displayed on my TV via my laptop.”

Where to start… First of all, 2012 has been a year full of memories, both good and bad ones. This will by my final entry into my Bailey 365 (366) 2012 project, as this year winds down to an end. Perhaps tomorrow, y’all will see a new 365 project begin from me, but as of this hour, I still haven’t decided whether or not to pursue yet another project. I’m happy I finished this project, unlike others. I’ve never missed a day either, with the exception that I came home past midnight, therefore my post was uploaded the day after the picture was taken. Time does fly by fast. I still remember New Year’s Day back on January 1, 2012. I remember going back to school, fast forward a few months and there came 2012 Spring Break. A few weeks later was my senior prom, and a little over a month after that was high school graduation! All good times, and that wrapped up my time as a high school student at The Science Academy of South Texas. Summer then began, with really nothing to do but think about how the college life was going to be. Everybody said it was fun, more relaxed, and more freedom to do what you wanted to do. They were right. On August 28th, I began my first official day of the beginning of my college life. I must admit, I was quite nervous at first, walking onto the grounds of The University of Texas – Pan American, but within a short time, the feeling of nervousness went away. What happened the following day? My 18th birthday. I officially became an adult. And what was the first thing I did? Registered to vote, of course! Who can forget that this year was a big election year… and the Republican National Convention was going on right around the time my birthday took place. On that note, fast forward a few months and that’s when the first presidential debate was televised to us all, Romney vs. Obama. We clearly knew who won that debate… although, Governor Romney would fail to win the election on November 6th, my first day ever voting in any election, well, besides those silly elections at for school officers. I was upset, as was a lot of people, but what can ya do? Just suck it up and move on with life. The month after the elections, I was busy studying for finals that were coming up in the middle of the month. I passed all of my courses with flying colors! I’m content with how I did during my first semester at the university level. One more major thing that DIDN’T happen this year was the end of the world! What fools. Who actually believed that? I didn’t. Well, those people on those TV shows about doomsday sure made a lot of money, that’s for sure. As I type right now, I’m listening to my favorite news channel, FOXNews, discussing this “fiscal cliff” ordeal that will expire at midnight, the start of the 2013 year. This is just another historic moment that has happened this year. Overall, I have really enjoyed working on this project. It may have gotten annoying at times, but now looking back through my album, it brings back good memories for the most part. It’s nice seeing your work completed. I’m glad to have met all of the people I did during the year, and despite a few of those that I am no longer acquainted with, it’s nice having great friends who you can relate to. I’m also grateful and thankful that my grandparents are still with me, especially my grandfather who turned 92 on November 5th of this year. They mean the world to me, as well as my little dog, Snow White! I also lost my favorite uncle back in July. Even though he’s not biologically related to me, he’ll always have a place in my heart. I hope he’s doing well up in heaven. I’d like to dedicate the following few lines to a select few. Jeanette Gonzalez, you’ve been my bestest and one of my closest friends ever since we met back in the 6th grade. I thank you for being able to put up with my erm… attitude, and always being there for me. Hannina Laidee Simon Francia, you’re one of my bestest friends from high school, and will always continue to be one of my bestest friends even though you don’t live here in the valley anymore. I miss you and I hope to see you soon! Dorothy Tio, you’re also one of my bestest friends from high school and I’m glad that we go to the same university and car pool twice a week! I really don’t know if my college experience would be the same without you.. if you know what I mean! Arantxa Hernandez, you’re the other bestest friend from high school that I dearly miss. I remember sitting at the lunch table with you, Dorothy, and Laidee and just having a good time, especially with your silliness! I miss you as well! Amy Nguyễn, you’re one of my bestest friends too, and my Vietnamese buddy! You’re a great friend and a wonderful person, and I’m looking forward to hanging out with you soon too! Dilpreet Lidhar, even though we don’t really talk much anymore, thank you for being a good friend and my prom date! It was a um… a night I won’t forget, haha! Emma Morales, even though I met you towards the middle of my senior year, you’ve truly been a good friend to me and I think you’re an amazing person. I’m glad to have gotten to know you and congratulations on getting into Texas A&M! Last but not least, Loi Francia, you’re a cool dude and a brother from another mother! Haha. You and your sister, and actually, all of your family are wonderful people! I wish you the best at your new school and I’m proud of how well you did at Sci-Tech. All of you that I just mentioned have made this year, and previous years, a part of good memories I’ll always cherish. As for all of those who have kept up with my 365 project, I appreciate your positive feedback (minus those haters who are always going to hate), and your kind comments were a big part of what kept me going to finish this project. Check back tomorrow and who knows, maybe you’ll find a new 365 project beginning. Happy New Year, everybody! Have a great new year and an early congratulations to all of those in the 2013 class graduating from The Science Academy of South Texas. With that, I conclude my Bailey 365 (366) project. The end, goodbye 2012.

Day 365
Pancake Making. 
“My grandmother pours pancake batter onto her new Orgreenic pan to make my pancakes for tonight’s dinner.”
I didn’t do anything today, nothing of interest anyways. Well, one more day of 2012 left! One more day of my 365 project too, I can’t believe it. Hopefully there is something to do tomorrow.

Day 365

Pancake Making.

“My grandmother pours pancake batter onto her new Orgreenic pan to make my pancakes for tonight’s dinner.”

I didn’t do anything today, nothing of interest anyways. Well, one more day of 2012 left! One more day of my 365 project too, I can’t believe it. Hopefully there is something to do tomorrow.

Day 364
Lighthouse View. 
“Atop the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a view of the Queen Isabella Causeway can be seen connecting the mainland to South Padre Island, Texas.”
What a day! Even though it was cold, my friend and I went to Port Isabel and South Padre Island just for fun and to take pictures. I really wanted to get this shot in sometime during the duration of my 365 project, and today was the day. Even though the lighthouse outer deck was closed off due to maintenance, I managed to capture this image at the very top of the lighthouse. It was very cold I must say. We drove around Port Isabel, and then went across the causeway to the island. It was a bit crowded, but not as bad as other days. We drove along the island, and drove all the way to the sandy end of the island, where we got out and went to the beach. The water was FREEZING cold too! I also got my jeans all sandy and wet… darn. We took pictures there as well, and then went to pick up Pizza Hut. The drive home was faster than the drive there, odd. Again, despite the cold weather and strong winds, my visit to the island wasn’t bad at all.

Day 364

Lighthouse View.

“Atop the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a view of the Queen Isabella Causeway can be seen connecting the mainland to South Padre Island, Texas.”

What a day! Even though it was cold, my friend and I went to Port Isabel and South Padre Island just for fun and to take pictures. I really wanted to get this shot in sometime during the duration of my 365 project, and today was the day. Even though the lighthouse outer deck was closed off due to maintenance, I managed to capture this image at the very top of the lighthouse. It was very cold I must say. We drove around Port Isabel, and then went across the causeway to the island. It was a bit crowded, but not as bad as other days. We drove along the island, and drove all the way to the sandy end of the island, where we got out and went to the beach. The water was FREEZING cold too! I also got my jeans all sandy and wet… darn. We took pictures there as well, and then went to pick up Pizza Hut. The drive home was faster than the drive there, odd. Again, despite the cold weather and strong winds, my visit to the island wasn’t bad at all.

Day 363
City Hall. 
“The former Brownsville City Hall, housed in an old, Spanish church located in Market Square, sits right in the middle of downtown Brownsville, Texas.”
Ah, my car is back home. Thank goodness, I can go places again. I was supposed to go out today, but since my car was in repair, I couldn’t. The dealership sent a driver to come pick me up and take me back to the dealership to pick up my car. That awkward noise coming from the glove compartment is gone! FINALLY! It was so annoying, making weird sounds all the time. Well, that’s one more thing out of the way. I drove around Brownsville to make sure that sound didn’t come up again, and it didn’t… for now at least.

Day 363

City Hall.

“The former Brownsville City Hall, housed in an old, Spanish church located in Market Square, sits right in the middle of downtown Brownsville, Texas.”

Ah, my car is back home. Thank goodness, I can go places again. I was supposed to go out today, but since my car was in repair, I couldn’t. The dealership sent a driver to come pick me up and take me back to the dealership to pick up my car. That awkward noise coming from the glove compartment is gone! FINALLY! It was so annoying, making weird sounds all the time. Well, that’s one more thing out of the way. I drove around Brownsville to make sure that sound didn’t come up again, and it didn’t… for now at least.

Day 362
Goodbye, Christmas. 
“Strings of Christmas lights are rolled up on old newspapers for storage after I took down all of the Christmas decorations late this evening.”
I actually had things to do today. First of all, my car isn’t here, sadly, it’s in the service center. It should be back tomorrow. I had to climb on the roof today to clean out leafs that have been piling up in corners of the carport and other areas, and put them in a bucket to take back down. My grandfather made me re-organize the other office, and throw away old materials. My grandmother told me to clean out one of the storage rooms outside as well. I threw an old, rusty wheelchair out to the street, and somebody immediately came to take it. Wow. Well, at least they might have a use for it. In the evening, I changed the front door locks, and then took down all of the Christmas decorations. Very productive day.

Day 362

Goodbye, Christmas.

“Strings of Christmas lights are rolled up on old newspapers for storage after I took down all of the Christmas decorations late this evening.”

I actually had things to do today. First of all, my car isn’t here, sadly, it’s in the service center. It should be back tomorrow. I had to climb on the roof today to clean out leafs that have been piling up in corners of the carport and other areas, and put them in a bucket to take back down. My grandfather made me re-organize the other office, and throw away old materials. My grandmother told me to clean out one of the storage rooms outside as well. I threw an old, rusty wheelchair out to the street, and somebody immediately came to take it. Wow. Well, at least they might have a use for it. In the evening, I changed the front door locks, and then took down all of the Christmas decorations. Very productive day.

Day 361
Welcome to Historic Brownsville. 
“The main Welcome to Brownsville sign greets people entering the historic district in downtown. This sign was made by my grandparents years ago, through a technique known as “sandblasting” on redwood.”
One day closer to the end of 2012, and the beginning of 2013. I had to go to downtown today to deliver a sign order that was sent over to us this afternoon. I’ve had a huge headache all day long, and I don’t know why… ugh.

Day 361

Welcome to Historic Brownsville.

“The main Welcome to Brownsville sign greets people entering the historic district in downtown. This sign was made by my grandparents years ago, through a technique known as “sandblasting” on redwood.”

One day closer to the end of 2012, and the beginning of 2013. I had to go to downtown today to deliver a sign order that was sent over to us this afternoon. I’ve had a huge headache all day long, and I don’t know why… ugh.

Day 360
Merry Christmas! 
“After opening his Christmas present from me, a big box of chocolates, my grandfather looks up and poses for the camera.”
Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope everybody had a great day, I know I did. I woke up early this morning that way my grandparents could open the gifts I bought for them, as well as being able to give my dog Snow White her gift. I bought my grandfather a big box of Whitman Chocolates, an Orgreenic cooking pan for my grandmother, and a new dog bed for Snow White. I’m glad they all liked their gifts. I went out to buy lunch for myself, and was lucky to find Sonic open. Everything was pretty much closed. One other good thing out of today was there was hardly anybody else driving on the roads. I went home and had lunch with my grandparents, and then back to Facebook I went, sending IM’s to people wishing them a Merry Christmas. I’m going shopping tomorrow… hopefully it’s not dangerous, haha. Have a great night everybody!

Day 360

Merry Christmas!

“After opening his Christmas present from me, a big box of chocolates, my grandfather looks up and poses for the camera.”

Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope everybody had a great day, I know I did. I woke up early this morning that way my grandparents could open the gifts I bought for them, as well as being able to give my dog Snow White her gift. I bought my grandfather a big box of Whitman Chocolates, an Orgreenic cooking pan for my grandmother, and a new dog bed for Snow White. I’m glad they all liked their gifts. I went out to buy lunch for myself, and was lucky to find Sonic open. Everything was pretty much closed. One other good thing out of today was there was hardly anybody else driving on the roads. I went home and had lunch with my grandparents, and then back to Facebook I went, sending IM’s to people wishing them a Merry Christmas. I’m going shopping tomorrow… hopefully it’s not dangerous, haha. Have a great night everybody!

Day 359
Monarch. 
“A Monarch butterfly perches on a flower in my grandmother’s garden.”
Tomorrow is Christmas already. Wow, time goes by fast… I hope everybody has a great Christmas day tomorrow! I also hope my grandparents enjoy their gifts. Today is Christmas Eve, but around this house, it was just another day. Nothing really happened, as usual. My grandmother put more gas in my car though, yay, I can finally go somewhere now haha.

Day 359

Monarch.

“A Monarch butterfly perches on a flower in my grandmother’s garden.”

Tomorrow is Christmas already. Wow, time goes by fast… I hope everybody has a great Christmas day tomorrow! I also hope my grandparents enjoy their gifts. Today is Christmas Eve, but around this house, it was just another day. Nothing really happened, as usual. My grandmother put more gas in my car though, yay, I can finally go somewhere now haha.

Day 358
Longhorn Cattle Company. 
“The main entrance hall/waiting room at the Longhorn Cattle Company barbeque restaurant in San Benito, Texas.”
Finally finished painting the office, and now looking for something else to do… bleh. Besides finishing the office, I didn’t really do anything else but that. My grandmother sent me to go buy some beans from the Longhorn Cattle Company restaurant this evening as a part of Christmas lunch/dinner. The place is closed tomorrow, so I had to go today. At least she let me drive her truck, haha. Happy early Christmas Eve!

Day 358

Longhorn Cattle Company.

“The main entrance hall/waiting room at the Longhorn Cattle Company barbeque restaurant in San Benito, Texas.”

Finally finished painting the office, and now looking for something else to do… bleh. Besides finishing the office, I didn’t really do anything else but that. My grandmother sent me to go buy some beans from the Longhorn Cattle Company restaurant this evening as a part of Christmas lunch/dinner. The place is closed tomorrow, so I had to go today. At least she let me drive her truck, haha. Happy early Christmas Eve!

Day 357
Chick-fil-A. 
“A row of big Christmas light bulbs line the drive thru at Chick-fil-A in Brownsville, Texas.”
I’m almost done painting the office. Just have to paint one door and clean up the mess, and it’s done. I went to The Home Depot to get more paint, and then bought lunch at Chick-fil-A. The line at the drive thru looked extremely long, but they have some sort of system in place that makes it actually work pretty efficiently and fast, despite it looking long. I don’t know what to do after I finish the office… probably paint the front gate entrance and put tiling on the entryway? I dunno.

Day 357

Chick-fil-A.

“A row of big Christmas light bulbs line the drive thru at Chick-fil-A in Brownsville, Texas.”

I’m almost done painting the office. Just have to paint one door and clean up the mess, and it’s done. I went to The Home Depot to get more paint, and then bought lunch at Chick-fil-A. The line at the drive thru looked extremely long, but they have some sort of system in place that makes it actually work pretty efficiently and fast, despite it looking long. I don’t know what to do after I finish the office… probably paint the front gate entrance and put tiling on the entryway? I dunno.

Day 356
12/21/2012. 
“A calendar displays the date of December 21, 2012, the supposed “doomsday”, and the first day of Winter.”
Well, we all lived! Those idiots who said today was going to be the end of the world clearly got their facts wrong, as we’re still here. I didn’t believe in this hoax to begin with. I just spent my day at home, painting more walls in the house. I’m still painting right now actually, nothing much to it.

Day 356

12/21/2012.

“A calendar displays the date of December 21, 2012, the supposed “doomsday”, and the first day of Winter.”

Well, we all lived! Those idiots who said today was going to be the end of the world clearly got their facts wrong, as we’re still here. I didn’t believe in this hoax to begin with. I just spent my day at home, painting more walls in the house. I’m still painting right now actually, nothing much to it.

Day 355
Courthouse Rotunda. 
“A view of the 1912 Brownsville Courthouse Rotunda, made out of stained glass located in downtown Brownsville, Texas.”
Christmas shopping is done! I spent the day out with my best friend Jeanette, and she helped me go shopping for Christmas gifts for my grandmother, grandfather, and my dog, Snow White. I hope they all like their gifts! We also went on a self-guided tour of the old 1912 courthouse in town, something I’ve always wanted to see, and the architecture is just amazing. The smell was a bit weird though.. then again, the building is 100 years old. There was a choir of middle school students singing up above on the 3rd floor when we first got inside, which spooked us a bit. Overall, it was a great day and fun too!

Day 355

Courthouse Rotunda.

“A view of the 1912 Brownsville Courthouse Rotunda, made out of stained glass located in downtown Brownsville, Texas.”

Christmas shopping is done! I spent the day out with my best friend Jeanette, and she helped me go shopping for Christmas gifts for my grandmother, grandfather, and my dog, Snow White. I hope they all like their gifts! We also went on a self-guided tour of the old 1912 courthouse in town, something I’ve always wanted to see, and the architecture is just amazing. The smell was a bit weird though.. then again, the building is 100 years old. There was a choir of middle school students singing up above on the 3rd floor when we first got inside, which spooked us a bit. Overall, it was a great day and fun too!

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