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02 Mar, 2008

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Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Holding the beach in my hand

These are some of the shells I brought back from my trip to Jamaica. I keep them on my kitchen windowsill. It’s nice to hold a piece of the beach in my hand, and to see it every day.

I’m feeling rather uninspired today, as I did yesterday and the day before. It was the funeral. It knocked the wind out of me.

Mark has been flat-on-his-back-sick for the last few days. I’m just about to take the girls skating, in hopes of cheering myself up. I have a feeling it’s not going to work.

All I really want to do is curl up on the couch under a heap of blankets and read until I can read no more.


6 Responses to "List less"

1 | porter

March 2nd, 2008 at 9:29 pm


I’m sorry that you are feeling down. Who wouldn’t after experiencing the funeral of a child…it just should never, ever be. I’m sorry.
I hope the skating did cheer you up…did you skate on the canal? Did you get a beaver tail? Hope Mark is on the mend soon and that none of the rest of you catch whatever he has.

2 | andrea

March 2nd, 2008 at 10:17 pm


Sadly, no, the skating didn’t really do the trick for me. We went to our local puddle, nothing big. The girls had fun – they always do – but I just dragged my butt around. :(
re: Mark. We just came back from the hospital. He has pneumonia. Gadzooks. What a day. I’m going to bed.

3 | andrea

March 2nd, 2008 at 10:21 pm


ALSO (to illustrate how utterly distracted I am) we watched half of Elizabeth the Golden Age last night. And I accidently returned it this afternoon. I didn’t realize until, like, EIGHT HOURS LATER that we hadn’t actually finished watching it.

Am I a Dorkus Maximus or what?

4 | Julie

March 3rd, 2008 at 9:25 am


Speaking of movies… sometimes when I’m in a funk, a funny (I mean really funny) movie can help for an hour or two. Laughing is good, even if it’s just pretend.

5 | JoAnn

March 3rd, 2008 at 4:14 pm


Hi Andrea,
Keep it simple girl — lots of fresh air, and hugs all around will help.
Keep the sanitizing in the fore front (is that spelt right??) — hope Mark gets better soon, lots of liquids and rest! :)

6 | porter

March 3rd, 2008 at 9:21 pm


wow, that’s too bad about Mark…he’s going to need plenty of r&r.

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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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