Through The Lens Thursday #18: 3 Things

Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project This week’s prompt is “3 Things. French toast 1/100, f/4.0, ISO 3200

Brioche, raspberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream = the perfect breakfast. 

This was my first breakfast on our current trip to Singapore – we’re here for the long weekend. As I type this, I am 2 hours into my 24-hour mini getaway. My solo babymoon, if you will. You see, for months now, I have been fantasizing about spending some time alone, in a hotel room, with my laptop, phone and a good book or two. The plan is to do…. nothing. 

I want to sleep alone on a bed with cool, clean white sheets. I want to be able to sleep through the night, and wake up whenever (preferably when the sun is up). I want to be unneeded for a few hours. I want to watch mindless television uninterrupted, indulge in some food cooked by someone else, on dishes someone else will clear and wash. I want to take a long, hot bath to ease all these aching parts of my body. I want to sit down and write in the dark quiet. 

I want to take leave of motherhood and wifehood for 24 hours. I got my wish, thanks to my wonderful, understanding husband, who knew that I really, really needed these three things:  quiet, unneed-ness (you know what I mean, moms!), and a good night’s sleep. I started the day with that amazing breakfast, so it can only be upward from here on now.It’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever. 

(What do you think of this ‘3 things’ photo? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)

Next week’s prompt: Dream

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 1, 2014 Allie

    Even I can appreciate that breakfast! I’m so, so happy that you have a much needed getaway. I’m sure you will call upon the memories of this time in the very near future 🙂 Enjoy!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, I did enjoy it!

  • May 1, 2014 NJ

    Enjoy your time away. I took a momcation last year and it was heaven. I had 3 nights and 4 days in my house to myself.

    Going away to a hotel sounds heavenly!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      3 days and 4 nights, that’s awesome! It was heavenly, I loved every minute.

  • May 1, 2014 Nicole

    That breakfast looks divine! And the picture is gorgeous. Enjoy every second of your solo babymoon and take lots of pics. I’m going on a business trip next week, and while it’s far from a getaway, I’m excited about the big hotel bed and nice dinners…on someone else’s dime! Almost makes up for all the work and meetings. Almost…
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      One of the things I liked most about my last job was the nice hotels and meals on someone else’s dime, lol.
      I did have a nice time, thank you!

  • May 1, 2014 Tamara

    You’re living one of my fantasies! Although mine includes the Hotel Northampton in town, but hey, Singapore sounds fabulous.
    And your photo made me hungry so that means it’s working.
    I’m a 15 year photographer and that’s my most constructive criticism, I swear.
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Why, thank you, Tamara! I can still taste the yumminess of that raspberry compote. Yum.

  • May 1, 2014 Julia

    Yum is what I think of your photo and your husband rocks what a wonderful gift to have some time to yourself. You deserve it!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      He totally rocks!

  • May 1, 2014 Seana Turner

    I totally know what you mean by “unneed-ness”:) And I think the photo is beautiful and making me hungry:) Everyone needs a little time to recharge. YUM!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Yes, absolutely, and I highly recommend it!

  • May 1, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Sounds fabulous, make the most of your trip and enjoy every minute! That breakfast makes an excellent start.
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      I had a great time!

  • May 1, 2014 Kerstin

    Those three things are perfect for the three of you 🙂
    Very similar to the most amazing breakfast I had in Victoria – except that the Vanilla ice cream was melted maple cream cheese. Now I’m hungry! But still happy for you and your babymoon! xoxox
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Maple cream cheese sounds awesome!

  • May 1, 2014 Greta

    I have no words, except…ENJOY.
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  • May 1, 2014 Susi

    It’s a great shot that’s making my mouth water! Enjoy your getaway… I’ll live vicariously through you. 🙂
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      I did have a great time, thank you Susi!

  • May 1, 2014 Poppy

    I think this is the fantasy of all mothers. I am as jealous as I am happy for you 🙂
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      It was my final hurrah and I loved every minute 🙂

  • May 1, 2014 Rorybore

    words cannot describe how very much I love (and want) this photo!! So much yumminess! you captured it so well – food is very tricky. I was just reading about lighting food the other night and using a remote flash. definitely a gadget I’d like to add to my camera bag.

    Enjoy your mini vacation! I’ve been asking for one for years — just one night in a nice hotel with no one needing me. Hubby keeps wanting to tag along. *eyeroll* I guess he doesn’t get that he is also one of the needy ones. LOL
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Hah! I think you need to be direct with your request 🙂

  • May 1, 2014 Rebecca

    Good for you! Your husband is awesome. That 24 hours sounds like a dream. Dishes someone else will wash? You’re speaking my language! Have fun!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      He is, and I did!

  • May 2, 2014 Carrie

    You are going to so enjoy your “you” time. Once a month I have to go out of town for work and it’s always a nice hotel with room service and God, sometimes I wish I could do it 2-3 times a month.

    Live it up, sister…then report back on all the relaxing you did!! =)
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, that sounds divine! I did have a great time, thank you.

  • I know exactly what you mean, Alison — very glad you were able to find it.
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Thank you!

  • May 2, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Wow that looks amazing!! Glad you got a day off love 🙂 Much needed isn\\\’t it? I am once divorced so my son\\\’s father gets him every weekend and while I miss him dearly, it\\\’s so nice to get my weekends. It has been an odd blessing in disguise this arrangement we have which is why I\\\’m hesitant to have any more kids. Lol. Enjoy the break love and glad your husband is so understanding, it makes life easier! -Iva

    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad you have your regular weekends to yourself – it’s so essential for your sanity!

  • May 2, 2014 Janice Trinh

    Mouth-watering! And oh what a wonderful Mother’s Day gift – and it’s something that will energize you to be even better afterwards. Perfect!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      It was the perfect gift, definitely.

  • May 2, 2014 Christine

    I want all three of those things!! I’m so very glad that you are able to have this solo time. That is my DREAM. Enjoy it!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      I hope your dream comes true!

  • May 2, 2014 Andrea

    Well, hello there, breakfast. Your husband should give lessons in how to take care of your wife. 😉

    Great photo!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Hah! Don’t flatter him 🙂

  • May 2, 2014 Natalie

    I hope you had a fantastic time, you deserve it! Sounds like heaven!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      I did have a fantastic time, thank you!

  • May 3, 2014 Roxanne

    What a lovely gift. All parents need a break once in a while!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      Oh yes, absolutely!

  • May 5, 2014 Katie

    I really love this photo. I would have never thought to use food for this. In fact, I posted mine late because I was obsessing almost TOO much about what three things to capture. I love this shot also because it makes me want to lick my computer.

    So glad you got those 24-hours of rest. You totally deserved it!
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      That is a great compliment!

  • May 5, 2014 My Inner Chick

    that breakfast is a SIN)))
    I love sins!
    please sign me up for your blog. I’ve lost all connections.
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      It was a delightful sin!! xo

  • May 5, 2014 Kim

    Oh my gosh… I have already had breakfast this morning but that photo made my mouth water.
    So glad that you had some quiet and unneeded-ness and sleep. I know exactly what you mean.
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    • May 6, 2014 Alison

      I’m still thinking about that breakfast!

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