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02 Apr, 2019

One dress, thirty days: the wrap up post

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you

So I did it! I went the distance and wore The Dress for 30 days. In fact, I tacked on a bonus day so I can say that I wore it for 31 days. (Thanks for the suggestion, @Ryanwright!) I wore it at home. I wore it to work. I wore it grocery shopping and […]

It’s Monday and I’m having trouble coming making the adjustment after our jam-packed weekend. The highlight of which was a glorious ski along the SJAM Winter Trail from Westboro Beach to Mill Street Brew Pub. I think it’s 14K. Mark and I have never skied so far and I’m so pleased we did it. I tell ya, […]

07 Mar, 2019

One dress, thirty days (day 13 update)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you

Day 13 of #1dress30days! I swear there’s a dress under all of these layers. pic.twitter.com/RIa7hNYKqb — andrea tomkins (@missfish) March 7, 2019 I was at a book launch downtown last night and reactions to my 1Dress challenge varied from “what the heck” to “WOW you rock.” I felt I was appropriately dressed and had zero […]

04 Mar, 2019

One dress, thirty days (day 10 report!)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you

This post is about the “One dress, thirty days” challenge. You can readthe kickoff post right here. So I’ve been on the receiving end of some positive feedback about the challenge so far, which is nice. Some people have asked me if I’m washing the dress during the 30 days. Er, yes! I am definitely washing […]

01 Mar, 2019

One dress, thirty days

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you

A long time ago I remember hearing a story on CBC radio in which a woman wore a plain grey track suit everywhere she went as a personal challenge. I don’t know how long she did it for – I’m guessing it was a month or longer – but she wore her sweats to work, […]


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  • Will: Don't be afraid to be a prude. The world needs more prudes, not less. Don't let others shake you for caring about how your children dress and what the
  • Dean Prentice: Enjoyed reading your stories, having recently visited Silent lake and taking some time to take in the view from the memorial bench I too wondered who
  • Jennifer Jilks: Good for you! that's how I started jogging. We lived in North Gower, though, and I thought I'd work up to running around the block. It was 7 km, as we
  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Be careful. Running can become addictive and that’s how it starts. One block at a time. I understand the huff and puff. Some mornings I set my watch
  • Bill Dare: That building sure has changed from the early 70''s. My dad had a dusty office at the top floor there for a year. Good to see that a group of peopl
  • Jaye MacAskill: I love this! Great photos. We will definitely have to make a trip there one of these days when we finally make it up to Ottawa.
  • Jaye MacAskill: Sounds like a really fun time. Good for you guys!

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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 offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). 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, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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