Sunday, July 3, 2005

Overdue, Again!

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of the New York Public Library. I love being able to reserve books online, walk a few blocks to the library and pick up wonderful delights to enjoy at my leisure.

One thing that I have been terrible about in recent months is paying attention to when books are due. Usually, I get so busy and overwhelmed with all the millions of things to read (on the Internet, magazines, etc.) that I usually don't get a chance to finish the books I borrow.

I usually try to renew the books, but oftentimes, someone else has made a reservation so the book is really, truly DUE.

So in the past six months, I've paid at least $20 to the library in fees.. I sort of justify it to myself by saying, well, I should think of it as a donation to the library right? They need more money! Public aid's always being cut and for an institution as worthwhile as the NY public library, its worth it!

But... I mean, if I want to donate, shouldn't I just donate? Why be **forced** into donating because of my own disorganization??

Sigh. So maybe I should stop checking out books from the library, especially if I don't have time to finish reading them. :(

For example, I checked out Guns, Germs and Steel 3 weeks and 2 days ago (ahem its overdue) and I'm only 1/3 of the way through. Its a fascinating book, but... I haven't had the chance to finish it!

Should I just buy and resell books instead? Ack.

Does anyone have an idea for a calendar/to-do list reminder utility? I would use Outlook, but I don't like to mix my personal life and work life -- isn't everyone like this?