Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bonne Année!

It’s that time again when La Mom reflects on the year gone by and looks forward to the year ahead. In honor of l’année 2010, here are my Frenchified New Year resolutions:

1. Take a beginner’s French class.

That's right, it’s back to basics – French 101. My French friends have declared war on my incorrect use of Le and La and they say that after a decade here I should speak perfect French.

say let’s not get too picky - my message gets across in spite of these petite mistakes. When they stop pronouncing ‘high end’ as ‘high hand’, then I’ll take 'em seriously.

2. Learn how to cook French food.

I think Big Cheese is fed up with Tex Mex and frozen French food from Picard judging by the Christmas present he gave me this year: French Cooking for Dummies.

3. Learn the different French baguettes.

I’m tired of getting corrected by Big Fry at the boulangerie when I order a simple baguette and he tells the baker, “Make sure it’s a traditional baguette and not too cooked, please.”

4. Shop faster.

I realized I haven’t been hitting the boutiques enough when I spent last Monday shopping ALL day and couldn’t buy anything I liked because my Parisianista fashionista boss already has the same stuff!

5. Carry a pocket dictionary.

To whip out when Big Fry uses words like “puisque”. Gone are the days when I understood all of his French: “La voiture goes vite, mommy.”

6. Think like the French – it’s all about the wine.

A Frenchie emailed his holiday wishes and concluded with, “Il faut s’efforcer d’être jeune comme un Beaujolais et de vieillir comme un Bourgogne” (Try your hardest to stay young like a Beaujolais wine and grow old like a Bourgogne wine).

7. Start a La Mom fan club on Facebook!

Who'll join me?


Kiki said...

bonne annee a vous, aussi. je think le facebook idea est tres super. je hope vous accompli some of votre resolutions. je don't make resolutions, then je suis never disappointed. wish je could go shopping en Paris. take care, amie.

Sherrie said...

I hope 2010 is a great year for you. I love your blog.

Under the Influence said...

My suggestion for #2 is to let the husband cook. He's French, so it should be easy for him. :)

donna baker said...

I'm going to have to fight hard to be that Beaujolais and not turn to vinegar.

TooFrenchToo said...

Facebook Fan Club - I'm in!

Nicole said...

Happy New Year! And my go to French cookbook (if Julia isn't your thing...) is the book Simply French by Patricia Wells and Joel Robuchon. Easy and excellent recipes that my French inlaws always compliment profusely, with barely hidden astonishment.

Marinka said...

Good luck with La Facebook. Or possibly Le Facebook.

Anna Helena said...

Bonne Annee 2010!

I'm sure your French is better than good enough.
I am starting a 3 hours a day course next Monday but I doubt I will ever get the genders right

Oh and was it this book le Big Cheese got you?
I know How to Cook (Je sais cuisiner) by Ginette Mathiot?
I'm told it's the bee's knees.

No NY resolutions here

The Duchess said...

Happy New Year! Was thinking about doing some refresher French classes as well. Even after a French degree and living here for 10 years my accent is appalling. I hear you on the bread thing too. As if the choice wasn't great enough, you have to think about how well you want it cooked, too? Good grief!

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Peggy Rice said...

Love the wine quote!!!

Jonathan Bowley said...

Excellent resolutions! I had ought to whip my français into shape this year too!


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