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491 The Time Change
Steven talks about fatherhood.

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I'm just curious: What is it like being a father?

When you have questions about things, or you just want more information to ease your mind, you can say that you are 'curious.' Notice the following:

  1. He has always been curious about how machines work.
  2. She was a very curious child.

time waster

I was an incredible time waster, and I took my time for granted.

A 'time waster' is a person who wastes time or doesn't use the time that he has in the way that he should. Notice the following:

  1. In his professional life he is very organized, but in his personal life he is a huge time waster.
  2. Having a busy schedule does not allow you to be a time waster.

lose (a lot of) sleep

When you first have kids, do you lose a lot of sleep?

If you 'lose sleep,' it means that you don't get all the sleep that you need and you are tired. Notice the following:

  1. Drinking coffee too late in the day makes me lose sleep.
  2. Working so much has made me lose a lot of sleep.

carried over

Something that carried over from my previous lifestyle was an ability to sleep very well.

When something 'carries over' from one situation to another, it means that it continues. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the material that we studied in the last class carried over to this level.
  2. I am hoping that some of the life lessons you learned in high school will carry over to college.

good sleeper

I'm such a good sleeper that even if they were crying, I could just go back to sleep.

A 'good sleeper' is someone who can sleep very easily and well. Notice the following:

  1. When you were a baby, you were a good sleeper, except when you were sick.
  2. I have been a good sleeper since the day I was born.