1、 Karen has just had her house redecorated.
注意这里的用法，had sth done — 强调的是让别人做了什么
例：I had my clothes washed.(我让人把衣服洗了)
2、 The architect and Tom put there heads together to discuss what we wanted and what was possible.
put heads together：共同商量、集思广益。
3、 After a few meetings, they came up with some super idea that everybody agreed with.
come up with：提出、拿出。
4、 But the rest of it was surprisingly expensive.
5、 We were able to make do with the materials we already have.
make do with：设法应付。
6、 I made up some of the curtains and pillows on the couch form mere sheets.
make up ：在这里指做缝制.编织.
7、 It’s funny how people can find solution after they kick something around for a while.
kick something around：直译——将什么东西踢来踢去。引申意——讨论。
8、 You’re on your own.
on one's own：独立地、独自地。
9、 I’d like to concentrate on getting the best score ever on this game.
10、No matter how busy you are, always take time out to check that your child hasn't gotten hold of
something that could hurt him.
take time out to：暂停下来。Get hold of：抓住、得到。
11、But quit my job and took up housekeeping the year after my marriage. Daily household chores keep
me on my toes; I’m delighted all day long.
take up：开始从事。 on one’s toe ：准备行动。 all day long：一整天。
keep me on my toes：让我保持活力的状态，结合句意就：一刻也闲不着，乐此不疲。
12、“in a moment”与 “or so”
13、That's the “tremendous business” for me out of the three meals a day, for, except for the weekends,
we have only this meal together. Besides, he always has his lunch in a neglected way at his workplace.
Mrs. Chambers sits comfortably in her armchair, enjoying a cup of coffee. She has the right to relax. She has had a long and very busy life.
Mrs. Chambers has retired now to a small house in Bangor, a popular seaside town not far from Belfast. But for most of her life she lived in the country. Her husband’s farm was on an island in the middle of Strangford Lake. There, Mrs. Chambers baked bread twice a week, made jam every summer, and put her husband’s dinner on the table at twelve 0’clock exactly every day. The island farm had been owned by the Chambers family for may years, passing on from father to son. It was a quiet and beautiful place to live. They grew potatoes and vegetables, and kept hens and cows. When Mr. Chambers died, his son took on the farm, Mrs. Chambers moved away.
She takes another sip of coffee, and smiles as she remembers people from the past. “The old lady down the road thought she had a ghost in the house,” she says, “but it was only old Tom MaAleer, frightening her for fun.” The memories come fast. “Twenty men, they had, only tem years ago, to bring in the potato crop. Young Hugh has a machine now. He only needs five.”
It’s time for the news on TV. Mrs. Chambers wants to see the racing results. She won quite a lot of money last week. Next month she’s going down to Tipperary in the Republic of Ireland. The horse-racing there is wonderful. She finds it hard to stay away. But before the racing results there’s another item of news. A bomb has exploded in Belfast. Several people have been killed. Mrs. Chambers shakes her head. “They’re all crazy,” she says. “It’s just a few who make all the trouble. The rest of us want to live in peace. We’ve all got life long friends from both sides. And most of the time we never talk about the trouble.”
The racing results come on. She leans forward to watch. For her, ordinary everyday life is the most important thing.