1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Roller Derby!!! AAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! Also, first conference presentation ever and it had to be in Portugal. Long story short, the original plan was to go to Portugal in 2013 for Primavera Sound Fest, ended up going the next year (meaning the one that just ended) for completely different reasons.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t think I’ve resolved to do anything new since 2012’s resolution to start doing my own laundry. I think I should stop smoking but…what else am I supposed to do with my hands??! Maybe I should just start putting them in my pockets, thus, I resolve to only wear clothes with pockets. #2014

3. What do you wish you’d done more of?

…I don’t know, really. Maybe I should have eaten healthier because I don’t know what’s up with the pocket of walrus blubber collecting around my middle but I’ve made peace with it, more or less (although I would prefer less, I guess, of myself that is). Maybe if I stop smoking my metabolism will speed up?

4. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Imperial Topaz, although I wouldn’t really call them “great”. I just like them a lot and it led to a lot of rediscoveries from the period where I just hoarded music, stuff like Lightning Bolt and Avey Tare got better listens, thanks to a premium subscription to Spotify which has an option to take playlists offline. It really works out when you don’t have an internet connection at home.

Favorites for this year were Future Islands, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, The Purplechickens, Dean Wareham, The Antlers, Ava Luna, and Jenny Lewis.

5. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I turned 29. Had lunch with a guy I was seeing then accompanied my mom to the Palanca Awards.

6. People:

I met a lot of amazing women this year, beginning with the women behind the Museum of Ideas (Museo ng Kaalamang Katutubo or MusKKat) who took me on as a research assistant at the beginning of 2014, until I left for the states to visit my sister. That’s where I met Greta, who trains Assassination City Roller Derby’s Fresh Meat pool, and all the other lovely ladies I’ve had the opportunity to skate with. Before that, Mami Kataoka, who was an excellent mentor, along with Patrick Flores, for the Vargas Museum’s Curatorial Workshop last March. And of course, Eileen, who so graciously took on my thesis as an adviser and saw it through to the proposal defense just a month ago, and will keep holding my hand ’til May.

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