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2011, the year that I traveled

Posted by Betsy on December 31, 2011 in Personal |

2011 is best summed up by looking back on all of the places I traveled over the past 12 months. I’ve never had a year with so many opportunities to travel or spent so much time in airports! Here’s hoping that 2012 will have as many wonderful adventures in store. It’s been a great year! […]

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Helpful giant squid

Posted by Betsy on December 7, 2011 in Personal |

The only thing inspiring me to finish my final papers is creating Internet memes.

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Student again!

Posted by Betsy on November 10, 2011 in Personal |

PhD student now. Too busy to blog! But now that I am back in school, I have a profile page to share. Enjoy!

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New theme

Posted by Betsy on March 7, 2011 in OpenSource, Personal, Web2.0 |

My site got hacked recently, so I’ve taken this as an opportunity to revamp the theme. I’ve customized the graphics, including my own business card on the lower right! Here’s what to do if your WordPress site ever gets hacked.

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Goodbye, 2010. Welcome, 2011!

Posted by Betsy on January 2, 2011 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Origami, Personal |

Working via the Internet defined 2010 for me. Although I wore many different hats as an independent contractor, all of them allowed me to do almost all of my work from my computer, here in Indiana or from various other places I traveled during the year. A couple of highlights: I began working as a […]

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The People of Paper

Posted by Betsy on October 30, 2010 in Personal |

We were lucky to have Salvador Plascencia come to the Notre Dame campus and read from The People of Paper on September 15. He was a very engaging speaker, and quite personable at the party afterward, as well. Because of this, our book club chose his book for our discussion yesterday. I really loved it! […]

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Natsuka-talgia

Posted by Betsy on August 24, 2010 in Language, Personal |

I was chatting with a friend who teaches Japanese yesterday (Hi, Noriko!) and was suddenly reminded of a character in a series of videos that I watched in one of my college Japanese classes. If you’ve ever studied Japanese, you probably know this gentleman of indeterminate ethnicity and nationality – it’s Yan-san! Even if you […]

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Language learning while knitting

Posted by Betsy on June 17, 2010 in InstructionalDesign, Language, Personal |

I recently learned to knit and crochet, which you may have noticed if you follow me on Facebook or Ravelry (username: betsylavolette – let’s be friends!). It’s a great way to pass the time when you’re captive in a car, casually chatting with family, or watching a movie, but sometimes I get out those needles/hooks […]

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I love Japanese Pizza, but…

Posted by Betsy on April 23, 2010 in Language, Personal |

…Pizza Hut Japan, you’ve got to be kidding me: Please keep your “mini dogs” and their ketchup away from my mayonnaise and corn pizza!

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Origami mail

Posted by Betsy on February 28, 2010 in Origami, Personal, Web2.0 |

Today, I got this in my email from a friend. Click it to open it and read the message: Thanks, Noriko!

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