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Books & Tornadoes

April 4, 2011

Well, today was the closest I’ve ever been to experiencing a tornado first hand.  This morning it was raining as we drove to work, and I didn’t think much of it.  It was pretty warm outside, which I knew meant that we would probably have some thunderstorms.  Boy was I right!  Around 2:00pm we started hearing tornado sirens outside our office, but oddly the weather had died down, and there was almost no wind and the rain had let up quite a bit.  The calm before the storm.

A couple minutes later, we looked outside and it looked as if evening had suddenly fallen upon us….but it was only 2:00 in the afternoon.  The wind started picking up, and as we all stared out the window of our office, my heart started racing.  The rain was pounding our cars outside, and the wind was picking up with a speed that I had never seen before.  I am from Southern California, where there is a thunderstorm once every 10 years.  This was not normal for me!  Where was our storm cellar?  Oh, that’s right.  We’re in our office building, and there IS NO STORM CELLAR!!!

We all raced to my office, which happens to be toward the middle of the building and has no windows.  Then the power went out.

More heart racing.

Because my office lacks windows, all we had was the slight illumination our cell phones provided for light.  Why don’t we have any flashlights in the office?  Pretty sure we’ll be stockpiling them tomorrow.

A couple minutes went by, and Steve and Curtis (one of our employees) went back to the lobby to see if it had died down.  It hadn’t.  I heard them yell, “OH CRAP!!” and they came running back into my office.  They said that the wind was blowing so hard that they couldn’t see anything even 10 feet in front of our office.  The wind was carrying with it pelting rain, hail, and debris.

I tried sending texts to my mom and my friend Elizabeth, but of course I didn’t have any cell service.  My facebook app worked, though, and I typed out a couple scared status updates asking people to pray for our safety.

While hunkered down in my dark office, Casey (another employee) and I were worried about our chemist, Jeff, who had gone to lunch only a couple minutes before the storm hit.  We were finally able to get a hold of him, and he informed us that everyone in the Subway restaurant he was in had taken shelter in the freezer.

Several minutes later (but what seemed like hours) it was finally over.  The wind had died down enough that we walked outside to look and see if there was any damage.  Luckily the only thing we found was that a tree had fallen on one of the cars in the parking lot (not one of ours, luckily).  Since the power was still out, we decided to let everyone go home.  Needless to say, while we were driving home we passed countless fallen trees.  Many of which were blocking the roadways.  We had to take a detour through the mall parking lot since several trees were blocking the road we needed to take, and we saw several trees that had been completely snapped in half at the thickest part of their trunks, and the tops had blown completely across the parking lot!

Thankfully, God protected us and our house, and we didn’t have any damage other than some of my patio curtains being blown down.

On a happier note, the 2 books that I ordered on Amazon a few days ago arrived today!

Cake Pops by Bakerella.  If you’ve never visited her blog, do it!  She’s got so many cute recipe’s and tutorials for her Cake Pops.

I also got this wonderful book! 1,000 Ideas for Decorating Cupcakes, Cookies & Cakes.  It doesn’t have any instructions on how to make these beautiful creations, but it does give some frosting and fondant recipes, as well as tell you what type of frosting or fondant was used.  So, if you get this book, you should probably either already have a knowledge on how to do some of these decorating techniques, or get an additional book that has pastry decorating instructions.

Just look at some of these gorgeous ideas!  I’m sure I could figure this out (after messing up quite a few times).

Doesn’t that cake look delicious?!  I’m loving the chocolate ganache that is dripping down the sides.

Umm, Hello gorgeous!  Oh yah, I could totally do that!  Hey, I can always dream…..and practice!  Anyone need a cake?

Look at these adorable wedding cookies!!  I think I’m going to attempt something like this for Elizabeth’s bridal shower that I’m hosting in a couple weeks.  That wedding dress is so cute!

I’m planning on making some cake pops as wedding favors for our wedding in July, and wouldn’t these be perfect!?  So cute!!!

I’m so glad I had these books to entertain me after almost dying in a tornado…..well not really, but hey, it was my first tornado experience!!!  I was traumatized!  But I’m all better now, thanks to these lovely baking & decorating books. 🙂

9 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 9:23 pm

    Glad you’re safe. The weather here (I’m one state over) was pretty scary this morning too.

  2. Pam Pentland permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:06 am

    My dearest Joanna, I am so glad that you are safe, too. I pray for you every day, but I am sort of glad that I heard about this “experience” after the fact! Love you, honey! 🙂

  3. Pam Pentland permalink
    April 5, 2011 12:07 am

    BTW, the cakes look too beautiful to eat. . . but I love the idea of the bridal shower cookies and the wedding pops. Too cute!!!

  4. April 5, 2011 7:40 am

    So glad to hear you all stayed safe and nothing major happened! 🙂 The weather was like that for us here in Florida last Thursday and it was downright scary. I was at work and our power was out for 1.5 hours. Thank God we weren’t in the direct path of one of the 9 tornadoes that hit our county that afternoon. Today we are having similar weather but not as bad…hopefully it’ll be over before I leave for the day!

    • April 5, 2011 9:06 am

      Luckily today is nice and sunny without a cloud in the sky. Let’s hope this trend continues!

  5. April 5, 2011 5:24 pm

    The weather was SO creepy yesterday! Glad yall made it through (mostly) unscathed; we did, too. You’ll get used to it pretty quick living in the Southeast, but it’ll still make you feel a little uneasy every time. Hope you were able to salvage your precious curtains!

    Thanks for sharing those books. I absolutely don’t have it in me to be a baker (or cake decorator) but I admire those who have the talent. Be sure to post your first creation so we can “ooo” and “aah” over it 😀


    • April 5, 2011 8:32 pm

      Hey Julie,

      Luckily the only damage to the curtains was that they were laying on the wood floor of the patio soaking wet, and a little dirty. But that’s nothing that a little washing can’t remedy. I’m hoping to possibly try a little baking this weekend. We have dinner plans at our friends’ house, and it would be nice if I could bring over a little treat! 🙂


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