I know what Santa’s bringing me this year. I have wanted an Amazon Kindle or something similar for over a year now. I investigated the new NookColor but there was a better review for the Kindle on PCWorld, so I asked my parents for it instead. While I love books and I love browsing books and feeling so happy to carry armloads of them out of the library or bookstore, I really like the idea of a Kindle. Since I’ll be moving (sometime…more on that later) I really can’t cart a bunch of books around. Granted, yes, I have some and I’ll always have books I find to pick up, but the majority of them can be housed in one convenient little gadget. And everyone knows how much I love gadgets.
The benefits as well will be that I’ll be a city gal once I move. I’ll be spending my time taking the bus, the metro and the train. Instead of worrying that I’ve forgotten my book each time I step out of the house, I can have this with me. The battery life lasts for 1 month, it holds 3,500 books, tons of the classics are free or 99 cents and whenever I want a new book, I just download it and start reading. I also like the idea that I can start up on the page of the book where I left off, turn on the audio reading option and listen to the book for the few pages I need to while I’m on the bus or at the gym. When I get home, I can have it bookmarked where it left off, and go back to reading it. That’s very cool.
It reads PDF files too. Not sure if I’ll need that for any kind of work/school related thing but it’s nice to know. I’m not sure how the web browsing works either. If I can figure out how to update my Twitter and check my email, that’s enough for me.
So I wrote on my “professional” Endeavours in Librarianship blog that I’m getting some future plans set up. I have my MLS degree final term around the corner, then by finding out that I have my Professional Teaching Certificate in FL, I can take classes at University of Phoenix so I can keep my certificate valid while I’m gone. Now, the problem is going to be getting work in the UK. I just wrote a post to the TDA Facebook page saying, I was just rejected from a PGCE program because I did not have GCSE scores. I’m in the US and gave them my information on my high school transcripts. I have a professional certificate, teaching experience and am working on my second Master’s degree. Why are my qualifications not enough? What should I do? Thanks.
If by not taking their high school exam (this is comparible to the FCAT or the SAT), despite the graduate degrees and teaching experience I have, I can’t get in the program, it makes me wonder what else I’ll be shut out of. I don’t understand that when the program is called the Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I’ve graduated college, so I’m eligible, right? Anyway, if I can’t get a teaching job, I’ll have to wait around for the “0” library job listings to raise to at least 1 or 2 so I can have a chance of having a decent job there. Otherwise I’ll be working at Starbucks (which isn’t at all bad, mind you) and volunteering at the library (another not so bad scenerio.)
We’re still waiting on the UK Visa anyway. If I don’t get anything by the end of the week, it pretty much means I’m not going to be able to get to Steve by Christmas. We have that whole 10 day time frame to get Jake ready to go with his Pet Passport and I just don’t know if I can get him there during the week of Christmas. It really is disappointing to us both. We have plans to visit his family after spending our first Christmas together as a married couple. The UK Consulate may very well take that opportunity away from us. But we’ll manage around it, I know, if we can’t be together on Dec 25th. It’s just a bummer to be married for 2 1/2 months and still not know if you’ll be able to spend the holidays together. I was even going to cook a turkey and we were going to go to our church to Christmas service. I’m already not going to the work Christmas party or the Christmas lights in the park. Major, major bummer.
So aside from my Kindle for Christmas, I’m asking Santa for my UK Visa, my plane ticket, my cat’s Pet Passport and my train ticket home with him and Steve. I promise, I’ve been really good this year!