In less than 24 hours on Saturday, Ann Arbor received 10.7 inches of snow. According to Mlive, this was the most snowfall that Ann Arbor has ever recorded "since record collection began in 1880". We had all been wondering where the snow was, and were thankful that it hadn't gotten too cold yet! In just a matter of hours, our green and yellow courtyard turned white. Leaves disappeared, and snowmen started to appear! It was absolutely beautiful, and in Martha Cook the happy aura surrounding the snow could be felt all around -- not to mention on campus! When it snows in Ann Arbor, all of the sudden it seems as though the world falls silent. Few cars are out. It's too cold for students to walk in the streets. No bugs are chirping. It's quite peaceful actually, and I find it quite incredible that one of the biggest campuses in the US can fall quiet in just a few hours. The snow seems to hide all of the world's impurities, and it evokes a child-like reaction in us all. Playing in the snow on Saturday and Sunday was a great way to relax from midterms, and we couldn't have been more in awe!
For Halloween Martha Cook girls celebrated with the president of the University of Michigan, Mr. Schlissel, and had a halloween dance! It's always so much fun to see how creative our residents get with their costumes!
The picture to the left is of building director, Marion Law, with her husband dressed as "a cute old couple". We love it!
The weekend of October 23 to October 25, Martha Cook residents and alumni gathered to celebrate 100 years of the Martha Cook Building traditions and community. On Friday we began the weekend with tea, dinners with women from your decade, and "dessert with the dinos", where residents and alumni ate dessert at the Natural History Museum. Saturday was a fun day! Crafts, a cook-out, and the 100th anniversary gala with President Schlissel! On Sunday our much anticipated event finally came -- the opening of the Martha Cook time capsule from 1993, and the introduction of what we put in our time capsule that is to be opened in 2115. I hope that you will enjoy these pictures!
Was Harry Potter week our only concern for the week? Of course not! We are Cookies after all, with extremely busy schedules! Two fun events of the weekend were the Michigan Ballroom competition, and the Northwestern vs. Michigan Football team! The Wolverines beat Northwestern, a team originally ranked 5 seats higher, by a whopping 38 points. Michigan's third shutout in a row, and we can't wait to see what the Michigan State game brings tomorrow! GO BLUE!
It's Kate again, here to capture a little bit of our past weekend at the Cookie Jar. As usual, it was a really busy weekend here!
On Friday we celebrated the start of the weekend with a formal, Fall Tea! Our cookies sure know how to dress up and enjoy delicious goodies, and warm conversations!
Saturday brought us a good ol' Michigan win at the Big House. Many Cookies full of team spirit walked to the game together and enjoyed a day of sunshine, and four touchdowns! On days like this it makes us even more proud to wear the Maize and Blue, and cheer "It's great, to be, a Michigan Wolverine!"
Sunday evening, many residents from Martha Cook gathered for a traditional Sunday sit-down meal, only this time, the new women of Martha Cook were celebrated! We are overjoyed to have so many new women in our community. (Side note - all of the new women are really awesome! Thank you for coming to live at Martha Cook, and make our community even brighter!)
After sit-down, we had an awesome Emmys viewing party! Fun props galore, a red carpet, snacks, decorations, what more could we want as we watched our favorite shows receive Emmys?
a Slip n' Slide!
Although it was a grey day, the Slip n' Slide couldn't have been more fun! I think we can definitely make the football team now after playing our "catch a football while you go down the slide" game! Umix was another highlight of the week, as many cookies went to the Michigan Stadium to play games, eat food, and hang out on the football field! It's been a really great start to the year so far, and we can't wait to see all else that is in store for the Martha Cook Cookies!
It's been a busy winter for the Martha Cook Cookies! When we last left off our Cookies were preparing for the Holiday season by decorating the Martha Cook Christmas tree. Thanks to hard work from the cookies, and a brave soul from the Men's Glee Club, who put the star on the tree, within less than two hours the tree looked stunning!
A few weeks later, Martha Cook hosted members of the Martha Cook Board of Governors, along with select performers from the Hendel's Messiah performance for what is known as "Messiah Dinner" at Martha Cook. This event is probably one of the most fancy events of the year, where are all of the girls are welcome to dress as they would for an event such as prom! Of course the ladies of Martha Cook never fail to impress! The night was a success. The delicious h'ordeuvres started the night off right and at dinner we were treated to a special performance of "Be Our Guest" by some of our quite talented residents! It was a wonderful night, and afterwards the girls gathered to take pictures.
One of the most important events at the end of the semester (in my opinion) was our holiday caroling and breakfast tradition! Early in the morning Cookies were woken up to the sound of their fellow Cookies singing everybody's favorite holiday carols. Everyone dressed up in their pajamas and made their way downstairs for story time! Our special guests this year, did a wonderful job of reading The Polar Express. The best part of the morning though was after story time when we were treated to a mouth watering breakfast! Pancakes galore, hot chocolate, scrambled eggs, nutella, hash browns, what more could a Cookie want?
January was a slow month for the Cookies, but as soon as the calendar flipped to February excitement exploded all around! Sunday, February 1 the Patriots won the super bowl! Yay Tom Brady! Not even minutes after this exciting moment, THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN CANCELED CLASSES FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 36 YEARS! Nothing could be heard over all of the excited shouts and screams throughout the halls of Martha Cook. To celebrate this incredible moment in history, many girls from the building raced outside to frolic in the snow... they even made the front cover of the Michigan Daily! What better way to celebrate? Afterwards they met inside for hot chocolate and The Chronicles of Narnia.
While the winter has been cold, our hearts are filled with warmth from all of these precious memories.
"The cold never bothered [us] anyway!"
This past Wednesday, Martha Cook residents gathered in the Gold Room to help decorate the Martha Cook Building for the holiday season. Residents enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies amidst stringing lights, hanging garlands, and placing ornaments. The Men's Glee Club came to serenade to the residents as well as join in on the decorating. The decorations will remain in the building for the remainder of the holiday season to liven the spirits of the residents as well as a means of decoration for the annual Martha Cook Messiah Dinner. Great job, ladies!
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