Hey everyone! This is going to be the start of a blog series answering questions that you (or other people like you) have asked us. We’ll answer one theme each post — today’s theme is day to day activities.
What is day-to-day life like? — AR/DD
5:30a — Geordi is awake. It is time to check the neighborhood for new smells.
6:00a — Geordi has finally convinced Ian it is time to be awake, and they set off on their dawn patrol.
6:30a — Geordi and Ian return (triumphant, of course!). Laura is just finishing getting ready for the day, and sits down for a quick breakfast after the first round of treatment meds.
7:00a — Laura hops in one of the neighborhood tuk-tuks to begin her ride to school. Today, she’s riding with one of her favorites, nicknamed “Checkers” (because the sides of his tuk tuk is checkered like a krama). Ian eats breakfast.
7:30 — Laura starts her first class of the day. This class is with Kunthea — who always has fantastic stories to tell.
7:40 — Ian is ready for the day, and hops on his bicycle for the commute to work. He rides the moto sometimes, but the bike is better exercise, and sometimes faster!
8:30 — After answering a few overnight emails, Ian and the rest of the office meet together for a bible study. This month, they’re studying Advent.
9:00 — Laura has finished her first class. Just enough time for a run to the market before her next one!
9:15 — Bible study has ended, and a plan has been made for the work day. Meanwhile, Laura has arrived at the market and greeted her fruit and veggie ladies. One tells Laura the broccoli isn’t any good today, she should wait until next week.
10:00 — Laura meets with her second teacher, Anny. They review her lesson from earlier that day, and make sure that Laura’s pronunciation is just right. Anny has Laura repeat the same word over and over until she can get it right.
12:00 — Ian and the office sit down for lunch together. The discussion mostly centers around the idiom “to wear your thinking hat”. Laura has finished school and is headed home. She stops for a fresh orange juice on the way.
12:45 — Back to work! This afternoon, Ian and the office director Chad are meeting with a missionary who wants to build a school in his village.
3:00 — Laura has spent most of the afternoon working remotely with the EMI global office on the database, reviewing reports and writing the next blog post. It’s time for third set of five daily treatment meds. Geordi and Laura take a work break and play Tag on the roof.
4:30 — Geordi starts getting excited. Ian comes home soon! Right? Right? Laura pulls up the map to show Geordi that Ian is still at the office.
5:30 — Ian is finally home! Better check the neighborhood again for invaders. The neighbors cooking outside accidentally on purpose drop a couple pieces of meat from the grill as Geordi passes. He gobbles them up!
6:00 — Dinner time. Laura was able to find tortillas at the grocery store last week, so that means fajitas!
7:00 — Dinner is done and the house is cleaned up. The neighbors are celebrating a birthday with their family. Karaoke night!
8:30 — Time for bed! The mosquito net is pulled down, feet are washed, and we turn on the air conditioning to bring the bedroom down to about 80*F.
What is your favorite time of day, and why? — BW
For me (Ian), the best time of day is that walk around the neighborhood in the morning. Especially this time of year, it can be downright chilly (70*F). Many of the neighbors are already on their way to school or work for the day. The kids love to say hello (but they are careful to not play with Geordi yet, they don’t want to mess up their school uniforms). We also have a group of older neighbors who walk up and down the street for their morning exercise. The Khmer word for grandmother is “Yay”, so I nicknamed them the “Yay Patrol”. They’re always chatting up a storm.