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Thursday, December 27, 2007

"The fact is, I was a trifle beside myself; or rather OUT of myself, as the French would say..." ~ Jane Eyre

I am dealing with post-holiday blues tonight with all things French. Because what makes you feel better than something that is Francais? I made a croque-monsieur for dinner (no bechemal, very little cheese, cooking spray instead of butter but it was still tres fantastique) and am sipping a Cabernet Sauvignon. I am catching up on French gossip pages and reading about Sarkozy getting cozy with a new Italiano mistress. I am looking at French recipes for my thirtieth birthday getaway weekend to the North Fork at the beginning of February. Savory crepes? Coq au vin? I told J.Sarah that I want to make brandade just because I saw Jacque Pepin make it and it looks so good. This afternoon, my brother-in-law made reserves for tomorrow night at Artisanal for my sister, my boyfriend, and me so we can have a big pot of fondue. Nothing like drowning the blues away in a big pot of melted, hot, bubbly cheese.

I am not sure why I get post-holiday blues. Its not that I don't see my family each week; sometimes we even see each other each day. I suppose it has more to do with a spirit and feeling more than anything else; Christmas is a time that takes you the closest proximity back to the memories of your childhood and a time when you were with the ones you loved who are no longer alive. It was a time when my sisters and I still lived together under one roof; as much as we share now, you couldnt help but share more when living together in one home. We work so hard to pay it forward to Jack and ensure that he experiences the same blessings we had from our parents on Christmas and each day of the year, but I know that it will never be exactly the same. Its all very Le Petite Prince, mais oui?

Its nights like this when I know I need to think pink: La Vie En Rose. I have Edith on the CD player and am thinking about procrastinating even further tonight (I have so much on a to-do list right now) and looking into flights to Quebec in February. Even the idea of waking up in a city where hot croissants and cafe au lait is the only way to go for breakfast makes me less blue. I may head out tonight to the bookstore because I realize that Jack has yet to read Babar, and we all know that French elephants make the best of children's stories. Though as great as it is having the memory of an elephant, I do wish I could forget the past a little tonight and be less bleu.

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Blogger Charlie Mc said...

it definitely is tough. After what was the best holiday season in years for me.....it is difficult to get past. So tonight, I reflected on 2007 and all the memories and posted my 100 memories of 2007 blog...made me smile and think back upon a great year.

P.S., I already took down the tree/decorations and am looking forward to a fun New Years Eve! :)

10:41 PM  
Blogger ThursdayNext said...

Oh my god what a cool post...I may have to mimic the reflection!

11:05 PM  
Blogger HLiza said...

Everything French..hmm..sounds so tempting..wish I can be there to taste them! I'm still in holiday mood here too..

1:12 AM  
Blogger Slim said...

Thursday-I always experience the post-holiday blues as well. I think it has something to do with the huge build up leading to a very short celebration time. It's the rapid conclusion that leaves me sad.

7:39 AM  
Blogger roller coaster teacher said...

Ok, the cooking references are lost on me, but I appreciate the sentiments. This is our worst Christmas ever b/c of family illness. I love the vacation time, even if we're just vegging at home.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Patti said...

i think for me the letdown is the feeling of the birthday balloon that has deflated a bit and is hovering near the floor. you can see its glory has passed and the jubilation is done, but there remains this physical reminder that we must move on to what is next. and i want to stay at the party with my loved ones. i want more cake and party hats.

i want more french fries...ooolala.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Momma said...

Encroyable! J'aime beaucoup la belle province! We spent four years in Quèbec, and oh how I miss it!
For now, we wait for our vacation of 2 months in Florida, but till then, 'métro, boulot, do do".....

I love your blog. My first visit today

6:52 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

My husband and I were talking about going to Quebec last night! I think dreaming helps the holidays linger a little bit longer.

4:46 PM  

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