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New Yearโ€™s Eve
"Five, four, threeโ€ฆ"
The camera pans the crowd. Everyone is blowing on noisemakers and jumping up and down.
"...two, one. Happy New Year!"
Confetti flies through the night sky and air horns blow. Every person finds someone else to kiss for good luck. The cut crystal ball has dropped on Times Square.
My husband is snoring on the couch.
This is New Year's Eve 2007. My daughter is five months old, and my husband and I are exhausted. I kiss his forehead and turn the television off.
"What?" he snorts.
"Let's go to bed," I say.
"Did I miss it?"
"Yeah," I say, placing our champagne flutes on the counter next to the sink.
I will wash them in the morning, I think, and I pad down the hall to our bedroom.
There was a time when I would have been dancing at a rave on New Year's Eve, kissing the boy I was dancing with and hugging my girlfriends. A time when I would have been at a posh party in Hollywood Hills, trying to avoid being thrown into a heated pool in my little black dress. But times have changed, and I am at home, going to bed in my flannel pajamas at four minutes past midnight, and listening to my baby daughter breathe on the monitor. Life, as they say, is good.
The New Year is a time for resolutions, and so I make one as I close my eyes. I will always remember this moment. I will always remember what it felt like to be perfectly content with a New Year's Eve spent next to my sleeping husband on the couch, my first child asleep in her crib, and a glass of cheap bubbly in my hand.
What will your resolution be this year, and how will you keep it?

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Thursday at 06:30 PM
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New Year’s Eve

"Five, four, three…"

The camera pans the crowd. Everyone is blowing on noisemakers and jumping up and down.
"...two, one. Happy New Year!"

Confetti flies through the night sky and air horns blow. Every person finds someone else to kiss for good luck. The cut crystal ball has dropped on Times Square.

My husband is snoring on the couch.

This is New Year's Eve 2007. My daughter is five months old, and my husband and I are exhausted. I kiss his forehead and turn the television off.

"What?" he snorts.
"Let's go to bed," I say.
"Did I miss it?"
"Yeah," I say, placing our champagne flutes on the counter next to the sink.

I will wash them in the morning, I think, and I pad down the hall to our bedroom.

There was a time when I would have been dancing at a rave on New Year's Eve, kissing the boy I was dancing with and hugging my girlfriends. A time when I would have been at a posh party in Hollywood Hills, trying to avoid being thrown into a heated pool in my little black dress. But times have changed, and I am at home, going to bed in my flannel pajamas at four minutes past midnight, and listening to my baby daughter breathe on the monitor. Life, as they say, is good.

The New Year is a time for resolutions, and so I make one as I close my eyes. I will always remember this moment. I will always remember what it felt like to be perfectly content with a New Year's Eve spent next to my sleeping husband on the couch, my first child asleep in her crib, and a glass of cheap bubbly in my hand.

What will your resolution be this year, and how will you keep it?

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Saturday at 09:25 AM
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Hi there XY,


Thanks for your great question!


To "pad down" means to spend the night somewhere.๐Ÿ˜„She is talking about making her way down the hall toward the bedroom where she will spend the evening.


I hope this helps. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘


Kindly,

ร‰va

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XY
Monday at 04:22 PM
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Hello there,


Would you please help me with this sentence?


"I pad down the hall to our bedroom"


I know "pad down somewhere" means sleep someplace. So it make sense if she pad down in her bedroom. But why she added "the hall". Is it mean she move her sleeping place from the hall to the bedroom?


Thank you!

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Wednesday at 04:34 PM
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Hello Aydin,


Thank you for your post.


When you hear "four minutes past midnight" it means, only 4 minutes has past since it was 12:00am. Therefore it is 12:04am.


Enjoy your studies!


Cheers,

Eva

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Aydin Uรงar
Tuesday at 05:11 PM
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four minutes past midnight ;


If I say four past midnight ,does it mean 4 hrs past midnight ?

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Monday at 10:17 PM
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Hi Dechen,


Thank you for posting.


Please let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Dechen wangmo
Monday at 11:35 AM
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great to learn the meaning of confetti,rave and bubbly

Salivia Baker
Thursday at 11:15 PM
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there is a mistake in the transcript. in the audio blog she says "12:04" (twelve -o-four) but the transcript says "four minutes past 12"


I don't make resolutions because if I want to do something I do it I don't have to make it into a resolution. Besides if I'd make a resolution I wouldn't keep it - it only puts me under pressure and I do no work under pressure.