Jeff:Well, we've reached a milestone.
Lucy:Yup, it's been a long haul, but we've finally made it.
Did you ever think we'd get here?
Jeff:I admit I had my doubts.
At the beginning, I was really dubious that this venture would pan out.
I thought that our prospects were iffy, at best.
Lucy:Me, too. We didn't have an auspicious start,
but we had a turning point after a few months of grinding out the work, day in and day out.
Jeff:So, what should we do now?
Lucy:I think we both deserve a celebratory drink,a toast to our achievements...so far.
Jeff:That sounds good. Then what?
Lucy:Put our noses back to the grindstone?
Jeff:I was afraid you were going to say that!
1.long haul 持久；长距离
2.pan out 成功，淘选
3.at best 至多，充其量，顶多
4.auspicious start 幸运吉利的开始
5.day in and day out 日复一日；日以继夜