a peek inside the fishbowl

19 May, 2006


Posted by andrea in: Misc. life

Despite my spasm of anxiety yesterday morning I managed to get everything done, although as I write this I realize that I’m using the word “everything” really loosely. I didn’t, for example, get a load of laundry washed, dried, and put away. Nor did I manage to scrub the toilets. But the immediate and most important things got done.

  1. I took a shower.
  2. I made sure my children are fed and watered, and picked up from school
  3. I completed the APW (Actual Paid Work) I needed to do
  4. I cleaned the kitchen. I never actually stop cleaning the kitchen, so this is hardly worth mentioning.
  5. The three of us walked to the post office (one egg cosy left to mail!)
  6. We spent a few moments admiring the work of an artist airbrushing an outdoor mural.
  7. We purchased local baked goods
  8. The girls stood underneath a crabapple tree while I shook petals down on their heads.
  9. I prepped two envelopes for mailing ATCs.
  10. I did some sketching while watching the news.

Today: Dani and I are participating in a “lunch n’ learn” about blogging for Export Development Canada. :)


This weekend, I’m getting out the mortar and cranking out some garden art. AND buying a certain area rug. But more on that later. :)

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  • Liz Dick: Just came across this forum now. Funny after all these years I've never seen it. Rummoli has been a family favourite of ours for four generations.
  • Molly: A great read, Andrea! I have been to a few estate sales - they can be fascinating. I am far from a minimalist but I am always trimming the amount
  • Lynn: Perhaps this could inspire a series of posts about Special Things - the history and what makes them precious. Going to give this some thought! Thanks
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive The stories of our stuff - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] we commissioned Dave Allston, a local historian, to compile for us awhile back. (I wrote about it here, if you’re curious.) I was fair
  • andrea tomkins: I try not to look! ;) New nightstands would help the problem, for sure. They're just not in the cards right now. Unfortunately, everything I really li
  • Marianne: The bed not being centred would definitely bother me. I'd solve it by opting for nightstands on legs, or installing floating shelves. But Id probabl
  • andrea tomkins: We actually won it in a blog giveaway a few years ago. It's made by Phillips. I really like it! It has a few different alarm sounds too, all are gentl

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! 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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