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05 Nov, 2018

Ordinary days

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Our Sunday began with a couple of hours spent raking leaves and cleaning up the exterior here at Casa Fishbowl. Also, Mark put away the lawn furniture last weekend but had to pull it all out again to get to the Christmas lights, which of course, were at the very back of the shed. I […]

30 Oct, 2018

A Halloween question

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting

There are a lot of conversations about Halloween happening in the Interwebs right now, especially as it pertains to age: how old is too old etc. For the record, I have no problem giving candy to teenagers. I figure if they want to be a kid a little while longer, it’s ok in my books. […]

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25 Oct, 2018

Lighting up grey days again

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

It’s almost like clockwork now, this feeling that sets in this time of year. And the beauty of blogging is that there’s actual proof that I can review: October 25, 2017 – missing mojo October 28, 2015 – Mojo October 28, 2014 – Litebook revisited As you see, I used the word mojo in two […]

10 Oct, 2018

Thanksgiving2

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Thanksgiving is a little different now that one of our chicks has flown the coop. She started her second year at Queen’s in September and took the bus home. Mark and I picked her up at the bus station on Friday and drove her home on Monday night, which made for a short visit that […]

09 Oct, 2018

Thanksgiving

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Thanks to poor planning on my part, I found myself doing a big grocery shop twice in one week. Seeing as though Thanksgiving was only a few days away I wasn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the pre-holiday grocery craziness. List in hand, I went up and down and back and forth between the […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark. We have two daughters: Emma (19) and Sarah (17). 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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