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Ashley, The Accidental Olympian
Olympia, WA
Handed a pink slip, and forced to make a go of it by relocating and starting over in Olympia, WA. Bye-bye big city, HELLO mental breakdown!
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So remember the other week when I declared I was over being flabby and out of shape, blaming my knee, and was committed to getting back on the fitness wagon? Well by golly I’ve done it! Ok, one week worth, but whatever. One small step at a time, right? image credit Wired.com As I mentioned last week, one of the things I was going to do was get myself a fancy pedometer. I originally bought the Fitbit Flex, and then wouldn’t you know it, my friend Naomi was like, “Um, I have an extra Jawbone UP (long story!) if you... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Accidental Olympian
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After a long, long, long cold winter suddenly April came out of nowhere and tossed a whole lot of awesome into our lives. In the span of two weeks there was hardly a moment to sit still. Family plus two groomsmen came to town the first weekend of April to celebrate opening day for the Cubs which we of course stretched to include an unhealthy consumption of deep dish pizza, museums visited, zoo animals ogled at, games played, and fires burnt in our new backyard fire pit. Then after only a two day break from guests visiting I boarded a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Accidental Olympian
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[This is not me fishing for your compliments. I just need to finally be honest about how I'm feeling in an effort to jump-start a move in a better direction with my eating/working out. And if I wasn't honest on my own blog, where the hell can I be?] I am not pleased with my body. With my fitness level. With my energy. With my eating habits. With the way my pants feel. With the way I feel about myself when I look in the mirror. It has become so much more than a number on a scale. It’s how... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
Since discovering Goodreads I've been taking part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Each year I set a goal to read about 40 books, and I've manage to exceed that goal two of the three years (damn you 2013). Now I get it, if you don't like reading this is about the dorkiest thing a person can do. But any fellow book nerds, continue reading! I've had a really slow start to my challenge in 2014, so to get me inspired I recently combed back through my Welcome To My Library section of my site and rounded up my 5 out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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In the past six years Adam and I have relocated three times. We have said goodbye to friends and a community, our sense of normalcy, and tried something completely out of our comfort zone. And all three times we experience the same cycle of adjustment, bewilderment, depression, longing, excitement, tossing and turning. The first year of a relocation is exciting and wonderful and an adventure, while at the same time being terribly lonely and isolating. While smiling and enjoying yourself you're also surrounded by an ever present sense of nostalgia for what you left behind. This was a hard first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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No seriously though, 2013, WOW. 2013 was full of SO MANY THINGS my biggest hope for 2014 is full of a lot of "easy." Yes. That's my resolution for 2014. To simmer down. In 2013 Adam and I stuffed as many big life events as we could into a single year. First we moved from Alaska to Chicago. Most people would have probably flown, but we like to make things hard on ourselves and we spent 6 days in the car driving 14 hours a day, covering a total of 3,500 miles because apparently we wanted to see as much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
It should come to no shock to any “longtime” readers of this here blog that when it comes to winter darkness I’m easily affected by what I like to call, “The Sads.” Or Seasonal Affective Disorder if you’re being all proper and such. I don’t think it would matter how far north or south I lived, in the winter when our days shift and we start having more darkness my body registers this change. It doesn’t register the extra darkness by an increased desire to knit, or to craft, it doesn’t welcome the extra darkness with a flourish to exercise... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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I think my favorite new feature of working in an office is working in an office that does things. Let me clarify. While working from home for the last three years I often wanted to stab myself in the eye with a rusty nail each time I received an email about the office book club I couldn’t attend, or the pie someone brought from home, or the summer BBQ complete with cocktails I wasn’t partaking in. Sure they spent their hour off awkwardly socializing with coworkers and I spent it watching tv in my pjs and you're probably thinking I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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On Thanksgiving Adam and I found ourselves in the kitchen of our new home. A home we'd finalized and finally received the keys to only the day before. We were sitting on camp chairs around our camp table, and a few hours before I'd ran to the grocery store deli and grabbed two $10 dinners of prime rib, mashed potatoes and stuffing. I opened the bottle of bubbly and we toasted in our red dixie cups. I asked Adam, still wearing his paint clothes what he was thankful for this year. He took a pause, and said... Since we'd received... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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Life right now is insane. And it has been so for the last couple weeks. Let me explain. Mid October I find out I am going to need knee surgery NEXT DAY I get an offer for my new job (!!!!!!!!!) Day after that I have to tell the job I love I'm leaving. There are many tears October 20th -- Adam and I tour our dream house October 21st -- Put in offer to buy house October 23rd -- Offer accepted! Much celebration! October 24th -- Apply for loan and begin herding the cats known as the banks, lawyers,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
Thanks everyone for your Facebook, Twitter and blog comments on the last post. Today marks a week since my surgery and lordhavemercy do I feel a million times better than I did that first day. Hell, even those first couple days. When I was finally moved to the discharge room after surgery and got to see Adam for the first time he shared with me some of the things the surgeon relayed to him post knee mutilation. This is where I first learned that the original idea that I had a small tear in my ACL and large tear in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
Yeah it was pretty scary. They did give me some "happy drugs" so that I was awake, but really out of it, but I was definitely awake. The drugs did make it go by really fast and not really remember what was happening. Still, knowing they weren't going to do it while I was 100% out scared the shit out of me pre-block. YEAH SURGERY! Ashley Jones | Please note my new email address aknechtjones@gmail.com
On Tuesday of last week I had my final day of work at my amazing workingfromhome gig. I had begged to be flown to Seattle for my final week of work so I might pass off some of my tasks, but mostly say goodbye to people I've worked with in total over five years. Mostly I wanted to avoid the way last Tuesday went down. At around 4pm my boss called and we talked nonsense as we usually do, and finally got to the point at hand. Saying goodbye. Goodbye to all these years of working together. While we chatted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
Tis indeed! But after three years straight in it, I am ready for a change. In three years time of course I'll long for the yoga-homeless look once again... Ashley Jones | Please note my new email address aknechtjones@gmail.com
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2013 on GETTING NERVOUS at The Accidental Olympian
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So much is changing right now. I live in a new state. I decided to leave my old job and take a new, exciting but terrifying job. In about a week and a half I’ll go under the knife for the first time ever and when I wake I’ll be on crutches for the next 4-6 weeks. Adam and I might have found our dream home, do we pull the trigger? And soon I’ll be in the middle of my first ever Chicago winter. Oh, and yesterday I chopped off all my hair. (P.S. It's really hard not to look... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
THANKS THANKS AND MORE THANKS! Ashley Jones | Please note my new email address aknechtjones@gmail.com
Last week I found out I was having knee surgery, scheduled said knee surgery (eeek) and made a big life altering decision. ALL IN ONE WEEK. Oh, and Adam was out of town during most all of this. Let me back up. There are about five posts I wrote and never published on this site, and they all say about the same thing: Why do I feel this urge for something new? Is it because it’s time for a change, or is this simply fall’s way of yet again reminding me of that school yard need for starting something new?... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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We just got back from a trip to Seattle (final wedding post coming, eventually. The whole compiling of the music has me being lazy) where we watched two people who mean the world to us get married. The entire time I was there, staying at my friend’s house in beautiful Queen Anne my heart was bursting for Seattle. It was a typical Seattle fall weekend, meaning it poured rain the entire time, but I was in love. The first morning I lay in my friend’s home and listened to the rain patter on the rooftop and I felt like I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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This post is Part VII of my series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series! Ahhhh wedding cake. You've watched the couple get married, you've enjoyed a beverage or twelve, you had a nice meal, and now it's time for cake! Honestly, this part of the wedding wasn't something I was interested in investing a lot of money in. A: because I'm cheap, and B: because Adam doesn't even like sweets. So as I pondered what to do I quickly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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This post is Part VI of my series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series! We've finally made it to my favorite part, FOOD! Before we got to the grub we had to decide what the tables looked like. The first thing I knew was I did NOT want to make a seating chart. I simply had too many other things to think about while planning the wedding, and deciding where people sat just wasn't something I was going to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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This post is Part V of my series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series! As I've mentioned before Adam and I were married in his parent's backyard in Bend, OR. Well, we were "married" in their side yard, but the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing all took place in their beautiful backyard. The wonderful thing about their home is that it was already beautiful so it took very little on our end to take it from "home" to "wedding".... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
Thanks for the sweet comment!
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This post is Part IV of my series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series! One of the wedding details that I saved till pretty late in the game because it terrified me was our ceremony. My uncle had graciously offered to become ordained online with the Universal Life Church (and got a kick out of asking everyone to address him as "Rev" for the wedding week) and perform our ceremony, but that meant Adam and I still had to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian
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This post is Part III of my series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series! Designing your wedding ceremony look and feel is no joke my friends. No joke! I knew basic things like Adam walks down aisle, bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down aisle, then me, we get married, then walk back from where we'd come. Ta-da! A wedding is born. But obviously when you're planning this all yourself there are quite a few extra details to go over. Things... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at The Accidental Olympian