I woke up in my cabin, still warm from the fire we had burning in our woodstove the night before. I walked to the dining hall and ate a breakfast of croissants, cereal, and fruit. Like most Saturdays, we had a morning workshop. This one was on news media and how women are portrayed in images across the world. After this enlightening workshop, lunch was served. Of all the Saturday lunches, this one definitely made the top three list. Beef chili, green salad, and chips. I thought the chili was really spicy, yet for some reason here more than half the people here put Tabasco sauce on everything we eat. On every table there are always two bottles of Tabasco, one green and one red. I’ve never seen so much of it used anywhere else. For dessert was Rice Krispie treats, a luxury item, some would call. All the MCSers look forward to Rice Krispie day.
After sitting on the lawn outside, too full to move, six of us decided to go for a bike ride. We hopped on our bikes and snapped on our helmets and set off down Chewonki Neck Road. Although they are past their peak, the leaves on the trees still look beautiful. The chilly fall air blew through my fleece, but as I continued to bike, it got warmer. We biked for 3 miles and decided it was time to go home. On the way back we tried to see who could bike with no hands, and Kevin the expert biker, was able to stand up on his seat while his bike was in motion. Putting our bikes in the bike rack, we all went our separate ways around campus and I headed to the dining hall.
This weekend, like most, I volunteered to make dinner. When I sign up for this, it is not the cooking that I have in mind, but the baking. Ellie and I make dessert almost every Saturday night and strive to undercook it every time. For the last three weekends we have had “fudgey” brownies, “gooey” cookies, and blondies that you have to eat with a fork. Even though we are not the best of bakers, people still like our desserts and we have fun dancing to music in the kitchen and eating the batter while we bake.
After a delicious dinner made all by MCS students with the help of Marjo and Elana, we headed to the barn for Dish Crew Seven’s “Fall Fest.” Every weekend a dish crew puts on the Saturday night activity and this weekend they decided to plan an activity all around fall. We split into cabins and started out with relay races. We participated in four different races which were the carrying an egg on a spoon race, wheelbarrow race, three legged, and one where we had to get down on our hands and knees, close our eyes and find the rest of our cabin without sight. After the races, we headed into the dining hall. There, we saw pumpkin pies galore and two huge pots filled with water and apples. I was the first one to bob for an apple, and after 4 solid minutes of bobbing I finally got one. I headed over to the other corner of the room to find people jumping for doughnuts attached to strings from the ceiling. No hands were allowed in the game and the doughnut was hanging a good 3 inches above your face, it was a really difficult feat.
After pie, doughnuts and apples, it was pumpkin carving time. Each cabin chose a pumpkin and started carving. Ranch house (my cabin) decided to go with the original Jack-O-Lantern face. We put our pumpkin outside our cabin and went in for bed. After talking for an hour about how our weeks were, we decided it was actually time for bed. I got under my warm covers and fell right asleep.
-Ali Connolly, Washington Depot, CT