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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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Posted May 3, 2015 at The Accidental Olympian
Having a blog, and using things like the timehop app mean that I always know what was happening a year ago today, or two years, or four, or sometimes 9+ years in the past (those posts are the best btw. Ohhhhhh college). This daily feature can make me smile or laugh, or sometimes, as is the case this week, take a long look at where I've been and how far I've come. For a while there Adam and I were nomads. From Seattle where we met to Olympia, WA where The Accidental Olympian was born. Then two years of roots... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at The Accidental Olympian
Adam and I have been together for over seven years, and in those seven years we've seen and done some amazing things. The trips and explorations we took during our two years in Alaska alone are more than most will ever do. But in all our travels, trips and adventures, there's something we'd never done together. We'd never boarded a plane and flown somewhere to vacation just the two of us. Just because we wanted to go there. Even our honeymoon was four nights in downtown Chicago, a cool 45 minute drive from our front door. Believe me, I realize... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at The Accidental Olympian
Something a friend said the other day has stuck with me. The other day she said, "I realize that I thrive in chaos. It's the monotony of life that I struggle the most with." As I sit here on a Saturday morning, drinking coffee and reading, content with a weekend stretching before me with a to-do list containing things like, drop off items at Goodwill, vacuum, take dogs to the dog park, I realize that I am 150% opposite my friend in every way possible. I thrive in the absolute drudge of nothingness. In a weekend without plans, or goals,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at The Accidental Olympian
[Note: This post is not sponsored, I just happen to be interested in these delivery food services and purchased a trial service from Plated] In our house I plan what we eat, grocery shop, and then cook our meals. Granted, Adam is a fabulous chef and is very capable of cooking (please refer to the prime rib, horseradish mash potatoes and homemade cheesecake he made us for Christmas), it's just he only likes to cook for special occasions. Adam likes to make things that take HOURS to prep and cook, whereas I like to make things that take 30 minutes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at The Accidental Olympian
If 2015 was following the patterns of the past, this April Adam would come home from work and tell me there’s a job opportunity somewhere totally random, and by the first weekend in May we’d be moving across the country. Every two years, like clockwork. First to Olympia, and then two years later to Alaska, and right on our two year Alaska anniversary, we were off to Chicago. BUT! Not this year! DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW AMAZING THAT IS?!?!?!?!?!?! I don’t think you can comprehend the excitement in my voice. So, this means that 2015 we’ll still be in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at The Accidental Olympian
Through the magic of the TimeHop app I got to take a quick look back a the last couple NYE's and see how much has changed in a few short years. 8 Years Ago - I headed to SF for the end of my Christmas break (I miss college, can we do that again?) to ring in the new year with my BFF. We headed to a little bar in the city that served up highly potent fishbowls, and I don't remember much else. Don't judge. We were young. 4 Years Ago - Adam and I drove down from Olympia... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
The other night Adam and I played the look-back Thanksgiving game. What did you do when you were X age? It all started because I told him that I haven't spent Thanksgiving with my parents since I was 19. A terribly long time to go without seeing your family on a holiday specifically created for families to be together. Thinking back, it's amazing what being without your family can do for you, or to you, as you scramble to find a way to fill this random Thursday in November. I've spent Thanksgiving meals with other people's families (no thanks!), I've... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
We're supposed to get four inches of snow on Tuesday, so I figured this was as good a time as any to look at the final bits of fall from a few weeks ago. Adam spent a morning watching YouTube videos learning how to use our camera on manual and then took advantage of the nice weather to try his hand at some shots. Lookout kids, winter's coming... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
I looked at my Goodreads account the other day and realized I created my account in 2009. What does this tell us? That I was a super early adopter of the "Facebook for Book Nerds", and that I am less cool than you are. Also, that I love books. In the years that I have been reading, reviewing, and marking books as "to-read" on Goodreads, I also was an early adopter in the Goodreads yearly reading challenge. The first year I participated was 2011 and I read 48 books of my 45 book goal. In 2012 I was feeling slightly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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 Oct 19, 2014 at The Accidental Olympian
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[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