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Ashley AccidentalOlympian
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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Fall is in full swing here in the midwest. The leaves are on fire if they're still managing to hang onto the branches of the trees. Sweaters, boots and scarves are in full rotation, the patio furniture has been put to bed for the season, and the kiddie pool has been officially drained, folded, and put to rest till next year. I have already been feeling the affects of the changing weather. It's harder for me to get up in the mornings, I find myself hungry CONSTANTLY, the desire to exercise has screeched to an all time low, and that... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Accidental Olympian
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Friday I went to Target to return three pairs of boots I'd ordered online that all broke my heart and failed me, and so to make up for this tremendous loss I wandered into the clothing section and was instantly distracted by the wall of jackets. Surprising even to me was how in love I was with pretty much everything I tried on. It took all the willpower I had not to buy every jacket in arms reach. ESPECIALLY when they're all only about $40 each. Since I don't want to be the only person hoarding Target jackets, behold my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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I nearly killed myself with mulch a couple weekends ago. Yes, you heard me. A few weekends ago Adam and I decided to finally tackle all the dirt in the backyard and cover our expanse of flowerbeds with mulch. After spending all summer putting it off because we thought we couldn't afford it, we finally did a little Googling and wouldn't you know it, our city gives it away for free! So with the promise of free mulch for a little extra effort, we dedicated ourselves to covering the mess on a Saturday. Here is what we were working with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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It all started when I noticed my coworker had added a fake potted plant to her cube. It was a tiny knit cactus, and I died. It was simply too cute. Before I knew it I had fallen down the felt/knit potted plant rabbit hole. And so now, I bring you down with me. Behold, the "plant" that started it all below, followed by the garden I hope to decorate my cube with. DeerdeerAbby FeltSewGood OrdinaryMommy yeffKnits KnotLife And for the finale, I bring you the works of OnceAgainSam. I can't even begin to decide which of these pieces I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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I was given a credit at ScoreBig in exchange for an honest review of the site and its features. First question you probably have is, what in the world is ScoreBig? Exactly what I thought when they approached me! So turns out ScoreBig is an event ticket website similar to say Ticketmaster, except that when you buy your tickets at ScoreBig you NEVER pay full price. They offer tickets to everything you'd expect to find on a site like this, Broadway shows, sports games, comedy, tourist attractions. Basically, if you can find it on Ticketmaster, you can find it on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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This week in the midwest we hit temperatures of 47 degrees and rain (?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?), and although I'm sure next week we'll be back to humidity and 80 degree afternoons, this dip in temps got me thinking about fall. And beyond my love of sweaters and scarves, my number one love has always been fall boots. Instead of just linking to my overflowing pinterest board and calling it a day, I'd like to formally introduce you to my personalized fall boot roundup. 1. Sole Society - Addison suede wedge bootie 2. Toms 'Desert' Suede Wedge Bootie 3. Sole Society -BRIA block... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
After owning the Jawbone UP for a week I did a two part review on what I believed were the pros, and the cons of this little bad boy. Since the initial week of step counting, quite a bit has changed with my feelings and my day-to-day relationship with my Jawbone, and I felt like it was time for a recap. As of today I have owned my Jawbone UP and worn it daily for about four months, and spoiler alert, the reason I am writing this review is I just threw it in the trash. Why you ask? Well,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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In an effort to live in the moment and be positive I've made a commitment to starting my Mondays in August by writing down my #mondayfivefavs. Clearly today is WEDNESDAY so I'm not even doing a good job at my own self emposed program, but whatever. If you make the rules, you can also break them, right? Need a refresher for last week? If not, let's jump right in. #MONDAYFIVEFAVS 1. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I loved him when he was on The Daily Show, but he's even better on his own show. The best part being that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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I’m going to try something in August. In an effort to pull myself from the funk that has descended over me the past couple weeks, going forward, each Monday I am going to start off by listing my Monday Five Favs. Five things, concepts, ideas, images, whatevs that are making me happy. Through the rest of the week, if I find myself letting the fog sneak in, I can reflect on my previous five favs, or work to find the next five. I’ll check in on Sept 1st and see how the project has, or has not affected my current... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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When we were planning our wedding, one of the things I wanted were little flags strung above my guests in different patterns, all within the coral or green family. Lucky for me, my mother-in-law is a super seamstress and super quilter who offered to make the flags, as well as napkins for our wedding. She took my dream a step further by saying that after the wedding she'd collect all the pieces and turn them into a wedding quilt for us. A physical piece of our wedding that ourselves, our kids, and maybe even generations to come could snuggle up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
I haven’t felt settled since 2008. Seeing as it’s now 2014, that’s a really long time to feel constantly in flux, wishing you had some stability in your life. Something you can settle into. In 2008 I had been living in Seattle for five years. I had friends, I had a job, I loved my adopted city, I had met this amazing guy who would one day become my husband, and I pictured a life as a Washingtonian forever and ever. Clearly life had other ideas for me seeing as in December of 2008 I was laid off, and by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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Adam's mother was kind enough to give us her DSLR camera she no longer used, so we've been playing around with it and realizing how very little we know. I've found some online DSLR camera classes but I'm hesitant to pull the trigger, so if anyone has any recommendations of one you've done, I'd love to hear! Below are some crappy shots from a morning in the garden. I'm still loving how this summer each new plant is a surprise as I watch my yard take shape. I can't wait to continue to mold it into the garden of my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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[Today, July 6th, marks Adam and my 1 year wedding anniversary. In honor of this lovely day I'm sharing the story of our engagement. Hope you enjoy!] Adam and I had been together for nearly five years by the time he finally asked me to marry him. I mean, come on kid, put a ring on it! I joke. Honestly, I only really got the engagement itch after I’d followed his ass to Alaska. The first three years of our relationship were so busy with relocations and buying houses and getting dogs and trying not to go completely broke and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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Last year on this very day, friends and family gathered at our rental house in Sunriver, OR for a 4th of July BBQ. Adam and I broke out our custom Cubs wedding weekend t-shirts, Naomi broke out the 4th of July American themed cupcakes, Kevin manned the grill, babies wore fedoras, high school friends were reunited, beers were drank, flip cup tournaments raged, American fanny-packs were rocked, karaoke was sang, kids rode bikes, and I couldn't stop smiling. People had come from all over the country to kick off the Jones wedding weekend, and this was the first day Adam... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
Dreaming of Alaska I have a hope some day to fill the walls of my formal living room with a collection of art that reminds me of Alaska, and most importantly, highlights my love of moose. The biggest thing I miss about Alaska is those goofy beasts. Until I can actually hang my collection I collect items on Pinterest and build dream rooms on Polyvore... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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My friend's one and a half year old is OBSESSED with construction equipment. We're talking so obsessed that sometimes her and her husband take their son to construction sites to stand outside the chain link fence and watch the machines work. This child has a calling, and we're all in. So when I came across a dinner set for kids that turned utensils into a construction site, I knew a special little boy needed it. The part I liked the best is how, "the patented connecting ramp and loading dock [on the construction plate] are designed to work with the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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The other night Adam handed me a photo copy from a magazine from 1983 and asked me if this week I could make one of his childhood favorites for dinner. You know, no pressure or anything. It's just one of his favorite things his Mom used to make. So I did. And I was nervous. I once took a few liberties on another of his mother's famous recipes and NO YOU DIDN'T THAT IS NOT HOW YOU MAKE IT, EVERYTHING IS ALL WRONG AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE. Ok, he didn't actually say that, but it sure felt like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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Alright, so I put it all on the table the other day and admitted that financially we're not in a good place and we're taking drastic steps to get a handle back on our finances. Believe it or not, there's a really easy, no stress to you way you could help with this. I'm taking a page from some of my favorite podcasts and putting a button on my sidebar, as well as sometimes putting a text link, or image in the footer of all my blog posts. They'll look something like this, Or this, Look, I have no shame.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
[This is a really long post about finances, our finances in particular, and so if talking about money makes you feel icky, come back next week. I'm writing this for me, because it's time to get shit back in control.] We're breaking the cycle. Again. For the third time in the six years Adam and I have known each other we've had to take a long look at our choices, at our decisions, at the way we live our lives and ask ourselves if we're making smart financial decisions. The first time we did this was when we moved to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
Babies. About what they’re like to hold. And how much they cost. I wonder what it’s like when you finally pull the goalie, how scary that must feel, and I wonder if it will feel more scary, or more exciting. Will I cry, or will I scream in joy? I wonder about how everyone says there’s never a right time, but then how do you know when to take the plunge when it all feels so scary? In the middle of my terror I think again about how much they cost. About daycare. I think about the people I know... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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April and May, OH BOY were you guys wild! There were weddings, and work trips, friends visiting, and then more friends visiting and then some more work trips and now that it's June I look at my calendar and I see a whole lot of nothing ahead of me which makes me both sad, and a little thrilled. The hermit in me is looking forward to a little rest, while the extravert in me already misses everyone. The last group we had in town was my bff of life for over 15 years now (HOW DID WE GET SO OLD?)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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It's that time of the year again and college kids across the country are putting on their caps and gowns, being handed their diploma and finding themselves tossed into the real world. A couple years ago my sister was graduating from the University of Oregon and I wrote a post called, Things A College Grad Actually Wants As A Graduation Gift. This post continues to draw in great organic traffic each May and June, and these are the hard hitting issues people are looking to solve on Google which lead them to my corner of the internet: What to get... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about who we are in real life, vs who we are on social media/online and how over the course of the last 5+ years it feels as though our online personas have begun to infiltrate and influence more significantly how others view us in real life. Let me try to explain. Let’s look at one version of the online/real life friendship. Let’s say there’s a person you’re friends with on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter who you also happen to know in real life. Most likely you met them in person before you ever began connecting with them... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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Absolutely wonderful weekend with amazing company and an even more superb background. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian