auntie em! auntie em!

This happened to our apartment last night:

The important things:

  • Babyface, Puppyface and I are all uninjured. Actually, so is everyone in the building, miraculously.
  • Renter’s insurance is the best $150/year you’ll ever spend. That $150 is the difference between us making one call to our agent and them saying, “We’ll take care of it.” and one of our insurance-less neighbors crying because she lost everything.
  • Please go make a jump kit. Especially if you have pets. Without the stuff we had for Puppyface in the jump kit, we would have been majorly screwed.
  • Go hug your family.

Not sure when I’ll be back writing here. We, amazingly, have power (it just came back on), but our apartment is considered not livable, so we need new digs. I’ll check in soon. Meanwhile, check out this crazy picture of wood splinters being hurtled through the air so fast that they embedded themselves into our wooden patio chairs. As terrifying as that was, tornadoes are pretty fascinating.


  1. Camara says

    even though we’ve never met and in fact i’ve never even commented here before, i feel as though i know you (and the two “faces” in your life) just a little bit. and so despite the lack of traditional friendship between us, my heart goes out to all three of you and i’m wishing you well.

  2. Laura says

    Oh my goodness! I’m so glad you are all safe. I will send good wishes to you all up there, and I hope you get things together soon.

  3. says

    OH Cassie! So happy to hear that you three are safe & sound (along with your neighbors)! With the positive attitude you’ve always shown here, I have no doubt you’ll come through this even stronger as a family than you were before. Keep your head up and give Babyface & Puppyface some extra hugs today!

    And yes, renters insurance (and insurance in general) is without a doubt a worthwhile expense. I’ve been fortunate enough to not need mine yet but that peace of mind is definitely worth a couple hundred bucks a year. That being said, PLEASE let us know if there’s anything all of us reader friends can do for you guys – whether it’s sending you supplies to restock your jump kit or just sending warm wishes your way. We’re here for you!

  4. says!!!!! SO HAPPY THAT YOU ARE ALL SAFE!!! And I’m thrilled that you, being the super-smart woman you are, were prepared.

    Were you home when it happened, or did you come home to it?

    I hope you find new digs quickly!

  5. says

    Yesterday afternoon, as I sat in the basement at work with my coworkers during our tornado warning…I was bragging about you and your jump bag idea. I had no idea that you would have to use it. Maybe I should have kept my mouth shut :) Glad that you guys are okay. May your search for a new apt go smoothly.

  6. Lindsey Stu says

    omg where are you??! we’re over at millennium apts off 2nd street and everything is fine minus some trees! where in bloomington got hit that bad?

    i’m glad you guys are safe, what are you supposed to do in the meantime? does your insurance cover a hotel?

    • Cassie says

      We are in Oakdale Square at 2nd and 37. Just down the hill from you.
      The complex has an open apartment without damage that they are letting us living in temporarily.
      Hope everything is okay over there!

      • Lindsey Stu says

        WOW. I can’t believe it was that bad so close! Have you been down Weimer Rd, it’s insane how many strong old trees are down.

        I’m glad you have a place to stay! i hope things get better in the coming days!

  7. Bre says

    So happy you all are okay, that’s the most important part. Great that you are insured. The rest of the country is praying and wanting to help out. Best of luck and stay safe!

  8. Cosmos says

    Glad to hear you’re safe. I’d been thinking of making a jump kit all week, now I’m going to get on that this weekend!

    Take care.

  9. says

    OMG Cassie! I’m so happy you guys are ok – its been a few close calls up here too lately! Way too many tornadoes in the Midwest lately.

  10. Michelle K says

    Wow!! Soo sorry to hear about your apartment. I’m glad that you guys are OK!!! Could you imagine getting hit by those splinters???? OUCH!!!!!!!!

  11. Janelle says

    We spent Tuesday evening in a storm shelter, but had no damage. I’m so glad that you are safe and I hope you find a new place with ease.

  12. Michelle says

    I am so glad you are all safe. I hope you find many rays of sunshine in your life during this time.

  13. says

    I’ve never commented before but I follow (and love) your blog, and I’m so shocked and sad that this happened to you. Support is truly vital during trauma, and I want you to know that even people like myself who don’t know you are rooting for you. I’m thankful that you and your family are safe, and I wish you the very best in getting back on your feet.

    PS: There is now a note on my white board reminding me to make a jump kit for my fiance, myself, and our cat. Just in case.

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