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09 Apr, 2006

sunday = time for me

Posted by andrea in: Misc. life

While the girls are in school I have stretches of time here and there. But for some reason I never feel like it’s my own time. I can’t allow myself to take a deep breath and relax. Instead, I panic. Quick! I only have time to do one load of laundry! Ack! My work! Crap! I need to return that phone call. Oh no! We forgot to return the library books! Etc horrible etc.

Mark and the girls went to his parents’ house today. It’s Masters Sunday dontcha know. (Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, you must not be a golfer. Ha. Neither am I.) The three of them left in the early afternoon. It’s 8:15 as I write this and they’re still not home.

So what did I do today?

I took myself, my camera, and some chocolate, some pencils and some unfinished art and walked to Bridgehead for a long drawn out latte, and a satisfying session of drawing and people watching.


I had a quiet dinner on the veranda. I minced a clove of garlic and spread it on a flax seed bagel. I took some photos. I stared into the backyard. I read the paper – no… wait for it – I read TWO WHOLE NEWSPAPERS start to finish. I completed the art I started earlier. I took a stroll around the neighborhood. I took a bath. I ate most of a box of Jelly Bellies [conclusion: buttered popcorn and coconut are my favourite flavours]. And here I am. And I’m feeling pretty good.

What would make this evening even better? To curl up with a hot vanilla (my comforting substitute for hot chocolate) and a book. So off I go.

If you had the luxury of a half-day all to yourself what would you do?

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  • andrea tomkins: Nope. The jar is on our window sill! It's getting the same dark/light cycle they'd have if they were on the outdoor side of the window. :)
  • Jennifer: That is really cool. I was wondering if you kept it outdoors? There is research on hatching monarchs indoors that it compromises them. They need the
  • Ted Benkhe: Jim Burns made a great point re visitation. I,m sure that the peace park will present very well after the volunteers who maintain it have worked th
  • andrea tomkins: I'm glad you find it restful Bonnie! I didn't on that day. :)
  • Bonnie Upton: I have a true love of this place. I drive to and from Ottawa from the NewmArket area to visit my sister snd now my son who attended uOttawa and has c
  • Amy: That sounds fantastic! As with most travelling, parts are much more comfortable when you're telling them afterwards, but they make a good story.
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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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