MIMM: Requirements for a Perfect Weekend.


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I’m usually ok with it when Monday rolls around, but today, I’m not. You ever have those weekends where you literally have all the elements of a perfect weekend put into 2 1/2 days? Ya, this was this last weekend for me. A little bit of relaxing, some workouts, a fun date, seeing friends, a DIY project, decent weather…

Yup. safe to say that the weekend was pretty marvelous.


So, my requirements for a perfect weekend?

1. Seeing old friends. Friday night, Eric and I got a last-minute invitation to go get drinks with a friend that I haven’t seen a lot of in the last year or so. It’s easy for me to get into the habit of having most of social interaction occur online or through text, so I do like getting the push to actually get out there and interact in person once in a while! 

2. Mild weather. We had some rain on Saturday, but most of the snow is melting and we had a gorgeous day Sunday. I love how we got from -40 to 7 degrees C in the span of a week (-40 to +40 F). I don’t understand, but I’m certainly not complaining.

Cold (img source)

Also a serious possibility…

3. Takeout for a relaxing night in. Instead of going out for dinner Saturday night, Eric and I opted to pick up takeout from Wok Box.

Wok Box Which we ate on the couch catching up on TV shows –  pretty perfect for a lazy Saturday night. I went for Kung Pao chicken with udon noodles.

Kung Pao Chicken Perfect.

4. Froyo. Because doesn’t froyo always just complete a weekend?

Froyo I hadn’t had it in about a month, so I figured I should take advantage of the not-below-freezing weather. I got a mix of peppermint snowflake and vanilla latte froyo with s’mores mix, mini M&M’s, chocolate covered pretzels, crushed butterfinger, strawberry popping bob, and hot fudge sauce. Despite the fact that I hate coffee, I really do love coffee-flavoured ice cream and froyo. I don’t understand it, I just go with it.

And then I ate said froyo while playing video games for about 3 hours straight Saturday night. I may have reverted to my video-game-freak high school self for a little while there…

5. A (surprisingly enough) completed DIY project. Look what I did!

light box I built a light box! I went super-easy and constructed it out of a cardboard box, but still, I’m proud of myself. I made a small one to start with (small apartment = not a lot of extra space for it) but hopefully it’ll help with the quality of my nighttime photography a little bit.

Lightbox I definitely have some more playing around to do, but I can already see a big difference in quality compared to my usual nighttime shots. Now for the next step: get to know my camera’s manual setting a bit better…

6. Solid workouts. The step class that I like to take had a three week hiatus over the holidays, so I was extremely happy when it was reintroduced this last Friday. And the instructor more than made up for it – that class was killer. I think that step class is my preferred source of cardio these days. I think I just love the ‘routine’ aspect of it; it’s fun and reminds me of dancing when I was younger.

7. A Sunday afternoon date.

Eric and I had a pretty awesome date Sunday afternoon.

Stomp! We had tickets for Stomp! The best friend gifted us the tickets for Christmas, which was incredibly thoughtful of her. If you’re unfamiliar, Stomp is a group of percussionists who make music from everyday objects – brooms, trash cans, sinks…it’s really cool to watch.

We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the show, but of course I had to get in a date shot:

Date Shot We both really enjoyed the show, and it was a nice change from a typical movie or dinner date.

Oh goodness. Does it have to be Monday? I’m finally back to the grind this week – lots of meetings and two trips to school. And hopefully I’ll be ready to start actually putting together my first draft of my thesis this week, which is exciting in a terrifying sort of way.

Have a good one!

<— Any photographers out there with a light box? Any tips or tricks I should know?

<— What did you do this weekend?

<— What was the last play/musical/performance you’ve seen? What’s been your favourite? The Rocky Horror Show will always be my favourite, I think.

<— What are some elements of a perfect weekend for you?


  1. Did you find good instructions to follow or did you just wing it? I am dieing to make one but don’t know where to start…
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  2. Seriously feeling this Monday. The start of school again for me, ugh. I haven’t seen Stomp! but it looks like it’d be an awesome experience. I also had froyo this weekend for the first time in a while!! It was awesome. I actually like to keep my toppings on the simpler side but I load up on the sprinkles
  3. Sounds pretty marvelous indeed! I’ve heard such good things about Stomp — so glad you enjoyed and it is always fun to do something different for a date night.
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  4. I basically started my post today in the same exact way… I usually like Mondays, but I could definitely use an extra day to recover from the weekend. Not even because I’m super tired, but because a weekend spent away means I didn’t get anything done around here, which means I’ll be doing a lot of catch up in the next few days. Bugger. But a snowboarding trip to the mountains = worth it :mrgreen:

    And I seriously need to get on this lightbox business. I complain about the winter lighting all the time, but I’ve yet to actually invest the time into making a box. Knowing me, by the time I actually get around to it, it’ll be summer and I won’t need one anymore
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    • Definitely worth it! And it’s a lot easier than I thought it was going to be – a cardboard box, tissue paper, and some bristol board.
  5. mild weather was the theme this weekend too, it was so nice to just have it stay pretty warm (relative of course) without that bitter cold. I have always wanted to see stomp although i do think I would need a lot of advil…. haha
    • haha there was one part of the show where they were sliding their rubber-gloved hands along metal sinks…it was making me shudder.
  6. Now that’s a very fulfilled weekend (the best kind in my opinion). Froyo most definitely ‘completes’ a weekend..I went out for some on Sunday . My toppings look a lot like yours.. I’m all about making mine like a genuine dessert instead of throwing on a pile of fruit that I eat enough of at home!
  7. A my light box died a sad sad death. Now I just use poster board which I find is much more effective and easier to get overhead shots. As for nighttime photogs I have no clue! My pictures never turn out when I take them at night so I try to shoot during the day but obviously this is not at all convenient!
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    • I’m definitely noticing that overhead shots are a bit of a challenge – how do you use the posterboard? Just as the background for the shot?
  8. I have never had froyo which is ridiculous because I love ice cream soooo much, so I am sure I would like fro you with all the toppings. Luckily, a student got me a gift card so I’ll try it out here soon. Oh Stomp is awesome! I never saw it live, but I show video clips to my music classes.
  9. Wow that light box looks awesome. You’ve inspired me to attempt to make one…eventually ;).

    Take-out always makes for the perfect, relaxing weekend.

    Happy (ugh) Monday!
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  10. Yes, Yes and Yes to all of these things. I went out with some old friends this weekend too! Loved every second of it. And the warmer weather is a definite bonus.

    I went to see Aladdin with my mom and sister a few weeks ago. It was actually SO good!! I was singing along the whole time :)!

  11. Well, I must say, we have VERY similar elements to a perfect weekend! Those are definitely the best! This weekend just flew by! It didn’t even feel like I was off. I could’ve used an extra day for sure!

    Love the light box! I really need to make one of those! My during the day pics turn out good, but the evening ones are some I’m struggling with because there’s no natural daylight.
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    • My daytime pics are still better, but the light box is definitely proving to be better than nothing when it comes to night shots!
  12. I’m so glad that the weather has somewhat been back to normal. 40 degrees F in Ohio seriously felt like spring was coming. And today in Houston, I woke up in 66 degree weather–it actually felt like summer. But that could also be because 66 is typical for Ohio in the summer…sigh.
  13. This is the recipe for a perfect weekend! Especially the froyo. YOU Know me, the more toppings thebetter I used to watch the Stomp DVDs in elementary school and I’ve always wanted to see them live! So cool that you got to go!!
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  14. Making my lightbox was the best decision I could have made (thanks to Amanda). I will tell you that the small ones get old REALLY quickly, so I haven’t been able to use mine as much as I’d have liked. Davida gave me the advice that, for best results, use it along with natural light. Then apparently your photos are really spot on. Have fun with it!
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    • I’m definitely noticing that you can see some cardboard in the background quite a think – I’m thinking that a bigger one is in the works. And thanks Amy, I’ll have to try that out!
  15. The girl, you don’t love some coffee? I can embrace you? ! When I see how people are obsessed with it, I start feeling that with me something not as it should be. “I don’t love some coffee, and the others love – probably, my flavoring receptors are simply awful” I Think, it looks a little silly, but it that I feel.
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  16. what a cool sunday afternoon date; i love going to the theater on sundays! BTW eric has awesome eyes! i’m sure you knew that
    your froyo looks so delightful. good job on the DIY project! i made one of those for work actually, because i had to take some photos of some of our products. it was fun! but then a janitor threw it out. dammit.
  17. Nice job on the light box! You should write up a post on how to make one :).
  18. Wait a minute… how is your weekend 2.5 days?!?! Am I missing something here? Do you Canadians only have a 4.5 day work week? If so, I’m moving there TOMORROW! So happy you had a weekend full of so much fun… and froyo. Now I’m craving it in a bad way!
  19. I’m glad you had such a fun weekend. It sounds great! Oh, and thanks for putting degrees in Fahrenheit for me. I didn’t feel like doing math…
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    • haha whenever I don’t do it, someone ends up thinking that I mean Fahrenheit! So I’ll say something about 20 degrees being warm and someone will be like ‘what? you’re crazy!’ or something along thong lines :-p
  20. I’ve never seen Stomp but it looks like a great show!! Gotta love a good date night.

    Your light box is awesome! I should invest in some kind of artificial lighting so that I’m not a slave to the sun on the weekend. I can’t wait to see how your pics turn out with it!
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  21. That definitely sounds like the perfect weekend. And it’s so funny, since we had a lot in common – I had a very spontaneous meet up on Friday with old friends, and a lazy TV night with Sandro on Saturday. SO perfect. BUT I missed out on the FroYo – I really don’t understand Switzerland that we still only have TWO FroYo shops – one in Zurich and one in Basel, but about 30 minutes away from my place. Sigh.
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  22. I hadn’t eaten froyo in the longest time and so when I went with my sister this weekend, it was perfection! Happy Monday!
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  23. What a lovely weekend! I have been meaning to make my own light box as well but haven’t gotten around to it! What tutorial did you use? Maybe if I have one ready to go I will actually do it!
  24. Look at you, Miss DIY- And those example pictures you took- Amazing! Would be stoked if you could do a post on it- I think I need to get myself into gear and do it!

    Your froyo toppings amaze me….for such a combination, I’d need to dissect each and every piece from it one at a time to taste it all!
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  25. Sounds like a fun weekend!
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  26. Chinese and froyo in the same weekend? Beyond jealous!
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  27. That DOES sound like a good weekend. The weather alone was enough to put me in a good mood! Plus seeing an old friend, date night, and fro yo are all pretty awesome too. Did you go to Yogurty’s for fro yo? I went there on Sunday night and they didn’t have a vanilla latte flavour! I’m super jealous because that sounds awesome.

    A perfect weekend for me would involve shopping, yoga, a nice dinner out with the boy, one night of staying in and going to bed early, and Lettuce Love for lunch with friends!
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    • I did go to Yogurty’s, but it was one in a William’s coffee shop, so I think that flavour was a specialty for that location.
      And the boy?!?!? Fill me in, woman!
  28. I should really start LIVING life! I feel like I read all of your posts and just think, I have NEVER done/tried that!
  29. Okay I seriously need to get on this lightbox making thing…I’ve been meaning to make one for a year…

    That show looks like so much fun, and a seriously good way to mix up date night!

  30. What a great weekend Sam! I also don’t like coffee ad LOVE coffee gelato, ice cream and froyo. This weekend I watched a bunch of good movies and stayed warm but it was perfect (baked cookies, brownies and had pizza too ;)) The Rocky Horror Pircture Show- I know every line (I was two when I first saw it live!) -still one of my favourites. But I saw the Lion King a couple of years ago and I really loved that. Good food, loved ones and some time to relax are all I need for a great weekend good luck with your thesis!
  31. Awesome light box!
    You and Beth at Mangoes and Miles are making me crave froyo (I just realized I haven’t had it since August?)
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  32. Aww, yay for the lightbox!! I’ve been working with mine for over two years now, but I still feel like I’m learning a bit…sometimes pictures come out gorgeous and sometimes they look like they have a greenish tint…weird. Perhaps I should read MY camera manual? Ha!

    Can’t remember the last performance I saw, but my absolute favorite was when I saw Romeo and Juliet in high school! Oh and Saturday Night Fever was pretty awesome too!
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    • I’ve been playing around with mine, and the pics are decent…but still so much better with natural light. And Saturday Night Fever would be so much fun!

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