Yesterday, I made a two and a half hour drive to Abbeyfeale in County Limerick to get the airbag light on my car fixed. It had been going off for about a month, and I ignored it until I decided it was probably worth getting checked out under warranty. Luckily, Kaitlynn and Katie (two of my fabulous friends) were willing to join me on the adventure.
We made it to Abbeyfeale and dropped off the car at the garage while we went for lunch. After filling our bellies with warm Irish food, we walked to a nearby thrift store. Kaitlynn and Katie each found a few gems to add to their wardrobes. I found 10 CDs to listen to in my car and 5 new books! My total came to 5 euro--what a steal.
The CDs include a range from traditional Irish music to Frank Sinatra covers. With a little old school Maroon 5, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Lilly Allen, Santana, and Miley Cyrus...no shame! I am so excited to have such a broad selection of music for my little car, who I recently named Sylvia.
It was difficult to select 5 books from the store's broad collection. I decided to go with two classics: Jane Eyre and The Great Gatsby. I have yet to read Jane Eyre and I feel like The Great Gatsby is worthy of a second read. I also picked up A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho. I recently finished Coelho's The Alchemist and am eager to experience more of his thought-provoking writing.
The final book I picked up is a pocket-sized thesaurus. Katie and Kaitlynn questioned my need for this little book because....the internet....but I am so excited to have it! Physical copies of word reference books are just SO MUCH BETTER.
I am interested in how words relate and connect, so I decided to make a little game with my new thesaurus. In this game, I choose two words and then flip from word to word until they connect. I don't look ahead to see what words I should be looking for, I just choose instinctively from each list what I think may lead me closest to my final word. I'll share with you an example of this game with the words love and meaning.
Obviously, love and meaning are within a similar category, but I believe that all words have the ability to connect eventually! I encourage you to pick up a thesaurus and try this exercise. It's exciting. Happy Saturday!