Make A Splash

It’s Monday again, and I’m dishing up the lovely. Sort of.

This is the only one of my Beckoning The Lovely posts that I pre-planned. Knowing that I would have to make a splash before my 12-week project ended, I had the foresight to do it while the weather outside was still conducive to making splashes. But, of course, the making of this post resulted in a story. Two actually. One is all about how it feels to be the mom of boys who are in the process of taking flight, leaving the nest as children do. It’s a heartbreaking, heartwarming, well-worn tale, but with a few surprises that make it worth telling. And no doubt I will, some other time. Right now, I’m telling the tale of my splash. It goes like this…

On the boat with Chad and our dog, Lexi, I said, “Hey, it’s warm. We’re in bathing suits. There’s all kinds of water here. Let’s make a splash.” Lexi could not have been less interested. I was not holding food. Chad, got out the camera and showed me this cool feature that allows us to take twelve shots in super-quick succession with just one push of the button. “Okay!” I said. “You jump, and I’ll film your splash.”

“Are you sure?” Chad said. “It’s a little tricky to get the timing right. I could film your splash since I’ve done it before.”

Ignoring the logic of his suggestion, and adopting what I imagined to be an expression of total technical competence, I held onto the camera and suggested that he who makes the biggest splash should, in fact, do the jumping.

Here is my first attempt to catch Chad’s splash.


Okay, so clearly he was right. There was a trick to the timing. Through laughter, I assured him that I’d do better if he’d just please jump one more time for me. For Zebra Sounds. For all of you. (Picture me, quickly switching from my technically competent expression to my the-show-must-go-on, win-one-for-the-Gipper face.)

Here is my second attempt to catch Chad’s splash.


I have to say that I was extremely amused by the fact that I, at first, completely missed the splash, and then completely missed Chad. Through uncontrolled giggles, I assured him I could do this. It was not until he’d jumped maybe six times, that he took the camera and told me to jump.

Here is Chad’s capturing of me… making a splash.


Okay, so yes. He managed to get both me AND my splash on the first try. But, look at my form! If cannon ball splashing were an Olympic sport, I’d so be in medal contention!

So, there’s only one thing left on the list of lovely things. Make a movie. Your suggestions are welcome. Encouraged. Desperately requested. =)


And now for something completely different… After finding this site yesterday, I giggled my way through the next 10 minutes or so. The Mandle Company sells “candles on testosterone.” With scents like dirt, meat and potatoes, tail gate and swimsuit model, what red-blooded American man could resist?


  1. chezhui on October 12, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Judy – what a terrific start to my morning. How I long to capture my moments in 12 second frames and play them back during the day. I know you make a splash where ever you go
    (mind, body and soul)

    This video starts with a splash and it seems to go with your brilliant ideas of Making the Lovely: Enjoy, Mairi

  2. BOBBY on October 12, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I thought for sure it was going to be a video of you throwing angst-y stuff off the Golden Gate Bridge and watching them hit the waters below! Hate when I don’t guess correctly!

  3. judy on October 12, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Mairi, You should see the big huge smile on my face – for you comment and this very, very cool video! What a terrific way to start MY morning! Thank you!

    Bobby, I’m thinking we should have some sort of cocktail-drinking ceremony where we dance around my burning angsties. (You pick the music.) But we’ll keep the word angst-y because I know how you like made-up Y words.

  4. karen from mentor on October 12, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Happy Monday Judy,
    This post was timed to comic perfection. The build up to you missing Chad completely made me guffaw.
    Fun making of a splash. I do need to note that I noticed that YOUR splash is so much more DELICATE than Chad’s….hmmm…must be the laws of physics or something….

    Thanks for the morning grins…now off to lunch..

  5. justakidatheart on October 12, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Perfect form. Now, if you could figure out how to skip across the water, that would be something different altogether.

  6. judy on October 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Ah, Karen, Thank you for noticing. I worked on my comic timing. I’m now considering “delicate splash” to be one of my talents.

    Kid, Like walking on water, only way, way better. =)

  7. jb on October 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    ahhh… what a beautiful tribute to summer on this autumn day! it makes me wish for summer to be back even though it’s only been fall here for about 10 minutes. (but that’s long enough, right?) 🙂

  8. terrepruitt on October 12, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome. I am way impressed that you made the shots into one picture you could post. I like that. Is that the collage stuff that was posted on ZS before?

    I think all three sets are awesome. (But for a fraction of a second I thought, “4 X 4 is 12? Huh?”)

    Now about your movie, I am thinking it will have to have zombies, they’re all the rage. Actually I was thinking that you could turn one of the 50 word stories into a movie. I re-read yours and thought Zombies!

    You really could kill two birds with one stone (don’t like that idea, really) with making something scary you can play on Halloween.

  9. Linda on October 12, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    justakidatheart LOVED your comment! 😀

    Looks like Chad has the muscles to toss you, Judy, just lie real flat. Skip, skip, skip. Now THAT video would go viral for sure!

  10. judy on October 12, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    jb, I miss Summer. Yeah, already.

    Terre, I was trying to think of movie ideas that wouldn’t require anyone to learn lines or, you know, act. But zombies… You know how I am…

    Linda, Laughing! Love that visual!

  11. terrepruitt on October 12, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    No, I am not knowing how you are.

    Zombies don’t talk a lot . . . at least the ones I’ve seen. And MORE killing of two birds with one stone: you can make your morning oatmeal, use it as zombie make-up for your movie, then eat it. See? I am so trying to help you be green (Zombies are moldy) but having you do one thing but make it work for two things.

    Zombies = no lines, acting, food can serve as make-up

  12. judy on October 12, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Ha Terre, I loved the ideas of zombies! That’s what I meant – you know how I am about zombies – love them! Love this whole comment too! (Which just proves that you do know how I am after all)!

  13. terrepruitt on October 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yay! We might be getting zombies!!!

    I try to be helpful.

  14. BOBBY on October 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    hmmm, movie ideas for the last beckoning , huh?!?

    — 60 minutes of the camera focused on you while you think up your next ZS post. A winner for sure!

    — a video of you and Chad walking Lexi. From Lexi’s perspective, of course!

    — J Cheesecake! ‘Nuff said!

    — Latte art. I feel a documentary on that one is necessary.

    — clips of shiny objects. You like those shiny things!

    …who knows, its late in the day and I missed my nap. Will have a lunch with some producers tomorrow on the subject and make sure it all gets green-lighted by the weekend!

  15. judy on October 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Yes! Keep those ideas coming. I’m thinking there’s some sort of magical idea-combining, cinematic magical thingy I can do with all of your brilliant thoughts.

    Bobby, when you talk to the producers say it better than that, please. (That’s why I pay you the big bucks.)

  16. terrepruitt on October 12, 2009 at 5:55 pm


    They were all great, but guess which one I like best? I bet J can combine them all—cheesecake would be YUMMY zombie “make-up”.

  17. judy on October 12, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Haha! Terre, you are on a creative roll today! You go girl! Mmmmmm cheesecake makeup.

  18. Estrella Azul on October 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

    That’s a lovely splash!
    I loved the irony of catching Chad and the splash separately 🙂
    I’m sure I wouldn’t have been better though 😛

    As for movie idea… I know they say never work with children and animals, but I guess a movie starring Lexi and a baby would be an amazing finish to your beckoning the lovely 🙂

  19. judy on October 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Estrella, I’d be afraid for the baby! Lexi thinks she’s a little dog. And she’s a spaz. Maybe we could use a doll… or an actual little dog… hmmm…

  20. terrepruitt on October 17, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    More on Zombies (Hubby’s son posted this on FB)

    Zombie wedding cake.

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