Day to Day

It has officially been one full year since we’ve seen Seattle.

In honor of this important milestone, we’ve written a chart that compares and contrasts a typical day we might have had in Seattle to a typical day for us in Morocco! In other words, we’re comparing The Typical Day in 2014 to The Typical Day in 2015.

Seattle Day

Morocco Day

6 AM – 8 AM

Wake up to blaring alarm clocks. Get up fast. Turn on the coffee percolator. Get ready for the day. Robert eats breakfast, while Julie just fills up her huge to-go coffee tumbler. Julie takes the car to work. Robert takes a free shuttle (run by the University of Washington Hospital) to the university gym. They both listen to NPR on their commutes. Robert usually works out with his friend Elischa in the mornings. Sometimes Julie joins them when her work schedule is more flexible. Still sleeping.

8 AM – 10 AM

Julie arrives at her office. In the mornings, she works from the office of a company where she writes educational materials and creates new study programming. She also writes freelance for publications. She spends her mornings in front of the computer, typing away while refilling her coffee tumbler a few times. Robert walks to his lab from the gym (they’re on the same campus). He works as a biomechanics researcher. Scientists don’t have exact work times, as long as they get their data, so Robert often doesn’t arrive until late morning. On many days, still sleeping… When Robert and Julie finally wake up, slowly and leisurely, they light the gas stove to make coffee in their French press. Julie sits down on the sofa with a huge mug of coffee. Robert, who often makes tea instead, sets up at his foyer desk.

10 AM – 12 PM

Productive work time. Julie writes, trying to keep on top of her deadlines, and works on whatever projects she has. Robert collects data from hawkmoths, uses a 3D printer to build fake flowers, and sets up rigs for experiments. Lots more coffee for both of them. Some days, it takes until this time to finally start the day. Robert usually spends his mornings playing video games. Julie works on her computer: lesson planning, grant writing, organizing for programs, scheduling, etc. She writes during this time too. For both of them on certain days, this is also the time to do chores and run errands.

12 PM – 4 PM

Robert and Julie both eat lunch while working. For Robert, it’s usually a sandwich or an avocado brought from home. Julie uses the microwave in her office to heat leftovers or frozen meals. On some days, she goes out to lunch with her office mates. They continue being productive at their respective jobs. Robert and Julie cook and eat lunch. On most days, they make fresh meals from vegetables they bought the previous day. They have more leisure time at their house. Robert continues to play video games. Julie reads on her Kindle, scribbles in her notebook, and watches shows on her laptop. Around 3, their vegetable seller rolls his cart down their street, shouting “carrots! onions! potatoes!” One of them goes out to buy a few kilos of fresh produce. Right before his class, Robert puts together his lesson plans.

4 PM – 8 PM

Julie leaves her office and goes to meet her students. She is a freelance academic tutor. Her students are mostly wealthy private-school kids. She drives to their homes or meets them at Starbucks. Sometimes her students’ parents will buy her coffee and that makes her day way better. On most days, Robert goes home during this time. However, on some days, runs science events for kids. He works part-time as a program manager for a STEM outreach organization. Robert and Julie go to the Dar Chebab, the city youth center where they work. They teach their classes and run their programs. Julie teaches Advanced English, creative writing, and journalism. She also runs a Girls Leading Our World club and a Teacher Training workshop. Robert teaches Beginners English and Intermediate English. He also runs science & health workshops and a kids’ film & art club. This is their only “real” work time.

8 PM – 10 PM

Robert and Julie arrive home separately. Both are exhausted. Sometimes Robert cooks dinner. Sometimes they have the crock pot going all day. Sometimes (very often, actually) they go out to eat. There are just so many delicious options in Seattle! They relax in the evening as they finally have time for their hobbies. Robert plays some video games and Julie reads and watches internet TV. Robert and Julie arrive home together. They take turns making dinner, although Robert still predominately cooks. Like lunch, their dinners are usually homemade and fresh but lacking in variety. Some days, instead of making dinner, they hang out with their host family and eat the kaskrut meal with them. Some days, they go to a cafe and hang out with friends.

10 PM – 2 AM

Sleeptime! They go to bed around 11PM to prepare themselves for another early start the next morning. Robert works out. Julie reads or watches internet TV. In Morocco, Robert and Julie don’t usually go to bed until very late. Midnight is an early night for them.
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J & R in Seattle, attending an art exhibit | J & R in Morocco, in front of their youth center

We just have one thing to say about this chart. We thought it would highlight the differences between our American schedules and our Moroccan ones, but we were surprised to find that there were way more similarities than we thought there’d be! Turns out, no matter where we are in the world, we have the same self-care methods, work habits, and passions!

Yours Truly,

Robert & Julie

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