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Archive for the ‘– Mondays are for Show and Tell’ Category

Today’s lesson is brought to you by Sarah. Who knows, you might learn something! Click the audio player to have a listen. [audio:http://www.quietfish.com/notebook/voice/Sarah-ice-song.mp3] Interested in participating in the Monday Show and Tell? help your child find something they want to share – toys are okay, but I would love to see something different. Something interesting, something […]

… and it’s probably the realest kind of dog we’re ever going to see around here. I asked Emma if she wanted to show something for Show and Tell. This is what she chose. This is Summer Girl with her puppy Red. Emma made her at Build-a-Bear last September. [see Flickr set here.] Emma says: […]

Monday is laundry day at our house. The washer and dryer are located in the basement. I’ve discovered that if I take the stairs two at a time with a laundry basket I get a better workout than if I had my own stairmaster. While I was puttering Sarah was once again, busy with a […]


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  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive MYSTERY SOLVED - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] back I wrote a post about some lost marbles. To summarize: someone was taking them and I couldn’t figure out who. WELL. I can now say,
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  • Cath: We always do a 1000 piece puzzle over the holidays as a family so I'd probably get a puzzle, maybe the bizarre bookshop one!

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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 (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. 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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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