Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bethel Beach. Plus a Confession

I don't really have anything to share today other than these photos which were taken a while back at Bethel Beach.  However it occurred to me in supplying this post with its not so clever title that no actual beach is shown here.

Folks from Mathews don't really require an explanation, but since most people who read this have never even been to Mathews, I'll explain that the road leading in to Bethel Beach is hugged on both sides by  mosquito breeding grounds acres and acres of marsh dotted with a few pine and cedar trees, some of which are living and some of which have long been dead.

January and February tend to be difficult months for me, for no particular reason other than there doesn't seem to be enough daylight, I don't really care for winter unless there's snow--and there's none--and overall I just tend to get a good case of The Blahs this time of year no matter what.

My recent foray into running has definitely helped matters. Some.

But I am going to share one other thing that has boosted my spirits a bit this January.  Only if you promise not to laugh.

OK, you can laugh, I don't care.

The past couple of Sundays, I have become completely enchanted with and mesmerized by a couple of shows on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), even though I don't usually watch a lot of TV.

The January Blahs forced me to do things I wouldn't ordinarily do like running, on the one hand, but completely collapsing in front of the TV, on the other.

The first Super Soul Sunday I watched featured this, which prompted me to get up off my behind and run five miles for the first time ever this month.  I can honestly say it was an inspiration for me to consider doing the 10K I hope to do at the end of March.

The other shows I love on OWN are Master Class and Oprah's Next Chapter.

There, I said it.

I've made my confession.

My dirty little secret.

 I seem to be hopelessly addicted to the OWN network.

I've fallen and I can't get up!

  p.s. Last Sunday Oprah interviewed the woman who wrote the book Eat Pray Love . Although they did not talk about the movie which featured my new favorite actor Javier Bardem, it was fascinating hearing the true story behind the book.

p.s.s.I guess I really did have something to share. Even if it was only a confession.

p.s.s.t. To read about my adoration for Javier Bardem Eat Pray Love the movie, click here or here.


Anonymous said...

Well, it's lucky that Julia's character finally got on that *#**&@ boat with Javier, because I was about ready to go in her place.... the "eat" part was not important except for those who have stopped eating, because of illness or tragedy. And love ALWAYS takes courage.
Oprah is a good teacher--and she's happy to be doing more of that.

Kay L. Davies said...

Confession, Janice, is good for the soul. Please let us know how your soul progresses following this outburst of Opraism.
Love, K

deborah said...

Great photos!
We don't get the OWN channel darn it..but so glad you found shows of interest there. It is the Blah time of year and I'm so glad you are feeling better due to your running.
I always want to walk more but I need some more motivation I guess..
You go girl! I just know you are going to run the 10K soon!

Anonymous said...

Post script--- meant to add re your mom's latest blog ( I, who would be cooking entire meals with a bag over my head,)also love Jean Shepard's writing and the movie "A Christmas Story", is the only actual Dec.24th tradition my sons and I observe. TBS airs the movie repeatedly for 24 hrs. and we have it turned on for that entire period... Long live the Bumpus hounds....

Anonymous said...

I love Oprahs Next Chapter too! I saw her interview with Steven Tyler(who I love) and Joel Osteen. I need to catch this one because Eat,Pray, Love was one of my favorite books. I have not seen the other shows. I find myself watching way too much tv in the winter!

Fighting Mermaid said...

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)...LOL. Just another three letter @#$%! to hand on my sign-post. They say the therapy is light--I'd like to get mine in the Bahamas with a fruity umbrella clad drink--but running is good as are beaches when it really isn't quite warm. I cling to the memory of a hot weekend in February when I was in college and everyone spread out the beach towels in the Sunken Garden at W&M. That memory tells me there is always hope that February won't be ALL bad. I'd like one good snow storm and after that 85 degrees sounds just fine. I will have to check out OWN. :o)

Maria_NJ said...

its supposed to be 60 today, I know that will help...

I don't watch too much TV either, we like a good movie now and than, and do like the ID channel though...tonight the family is going to see "The Grey"

I like Oprah, I wish she would share some of her gazillions with me...

Oh wait its not Thursday...

Deltaville Jamie said...

I think I'm managing this winter so well because it's been so mild and I've spent nearly every weekend for over a month now outside hiking. With company. Honestly (since we're confessing) it might be the company. But that's all I'm going to say about that.

Daryl Edelstein said...

I tried really really hard to get into that book .. but honestly I couldnt get past the 'voice' the author created/used while whining on about her life ... maybe Javier can redeem the movie but since its stars Julia BrayingLikeAMule Roberts I am not sure even Hot Javier can help slicksup (WV) the story

Anonymous said...

The time: May 1974 The place: Mathews market Days 5 mile run. The plan: To win the $300.00 with out running the race! How did I do it? I didn't! Explanation: I started the race at the Old intermediate School I drop back and jumped in the car with a friend, he took me around to Gleb road where I cut through the woods and waited until I saw a runner coming I let a few pass then I came out running. Just knowing I could pass them!! well that did not work and I was passed by a few more! think I finished 20th! Hell I use to make the freshmen wear my jersey during the mile run at football practice, I hid under the blechers! Lol My life as a runner!MM

Mental P Mama said...

I meant to tell you last night to get some GE Reveal lightbulbs for your lamps. They really help! Oh, and remember our tuxedo clad firemen in SFO!!!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

LLC-I always tune in to TBS at Christmas for just that reason. Could watch that movie a thousand times and love it more each time I see it.

Mathews Mark-Your race strategy was most impressive, indeed. I can picture it all now.

MPM - Tuxedo clad firemen in San Francisco (who greet runners at the finish line in this half marathon we're talking about doing in October) are yet another *very* strong motivation for me to run farther and farther. We'll see how the first race goes in March. Baby steps...

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Thanks for commenting/reading/putting up with my nonsense.