Oversubscribed.

I hear people saying that all the time these days. As in, “I’m so oversubscribed right now, I couldn’t possibly find time to read/cook actual food/spend time with my kids/etc.”

Whenever I hear that, I think, “As in, you get too many magazines?” Because frankly, that’s my definition of oversubscribed. I don’t know what my point is, exactly, except that I hate when people use words like “oversubscribed” when they really mean “busy.”

Anyway, I went to the bookstore today, which is not something I needed to do, because I am actually oversubscribed, in the true sense, as in, I have a lot of magazines to catch up on. And I’m not even done with Anthony Doerr yet. (Though I made some excellent progress last night as the result of inexplicably waking up at 2:30 am and not being able to go back to sleep until 5:30, which is not necessarily the trade-off I was looking for in terms of getting some reading done.) The bookstore beckoned, and I did not resist. It is foggy today, the perfect kind of weather for being in a bookstore….Who am I to argue with that?

In fact my reason for going into the bookstore was to buy a new notebook. I have a certain type of notebook that I like to write in, and until I did an Internet search about five minutes ago, I didn’t know where to buy them, except at this one bookstore in my neighborhood. I used to write in these notebooks in 2000 or 2001, and then they disappeared. And then, this year I found them again. I love these notebooks. They have a tight spiral on the side that doesn’t catch on things or get in the way of my hand as I write. And their covers are sturdy, so it’s easy to write on trains or where ever.

I only saw four left on the shelf, so I bought two. Now that I’m home, I see that you can buy them online, and they don’t seem to be nearing any kind of demise just yet. I even found other people who worried over losing them and not being able to buy them anymore, who were also heartened by their sudden return.

Anyway, I also came out of the store with a fat paperback.

I’m sure I’ll get to that eventually.

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One thought on “Oversubscribed.

  1. Thanks for the clarification on “oversubscribed.” You’re right. The word is overused. Reminds me of “bandwidth” and other words, now I can’t think of them.

    I can’t keep up with my The New Yorker magazine. I used to read every short story. Now I’m down to just the personal essays. But I think I might have already left a comment here some months ago to that effect.

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