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If you follow me on Twitter you may recall a thread I posted last year about a praying mantis egg case I bought at Costco, and the results of said egg case. Well I bought one again this year and I realized I never wrote about it here on the blog. What has prompted me to do […]

09 May, 2020

The warbler

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

There is no mistaking the sound of a bird colliding with a window. I didn’t see it happen, but apparently the bird was honing down on an insect and swooped this way instead of that. Mark and the girls flew out of their seats to see what happened. The poor thing didn’t move a muscle […]

17 Apr, 2020

Today, like every day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

It’s Friday… OR IS IT? This shortened work week is making it even harder to keep track. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh but I now tend to bristle when someone asks me “what’s new.” Sometimes I feel like screaming: What’s new? What’s new?? EXACTLY NOTHING BECAUSE EVERY DAY IS THE SAME AS THE ONE BEFORE. But […]

13 Apr, 2020

things we are celebrating

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Everything is different now, and birthdays are no exception. The youngest turned 19 on April 11. 19! I can hardly believe it myself. For the record, here’s the post I wrote when she was born. :) So how does one celebrate a milestone birthday in the midst of a pandemic? Here’s how it went down here […]

09 Apr, 2020

Sign of the times

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

As I mentioned before, our groceries are done primarily doing the Loblaws Click & Collect but I’ve had to augment this with a couple of in-store visits this past month. One trip was to stock up on groceries for my mother (which the youngest dropped off to her, she lives about 2.5 hours away) and the second […]


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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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