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08 Aug, 2020

First foray into public dining

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Yesterday was Mark and my 22nd (!) wedding anniversary. To be honest, both of us almost forgot about it. I understand why. It’s been hard to keep track of the days. In fact, I recently had to set the clock on my desktop computer so it shows me the day of the week as well […]

29 Jun, 2020

Look who I found!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

He (or she) was just hanging out on a hosta. He’s the only one I’ve seen from our brood. Share the post “Look who I found!” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

One of the things that I’m absolutely clinging to right now is our camping trip this summer. It looks like MIGHT be a go, but frankly, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was cancelled by the powers that be. We booked our campsite months ago, pre-Covid. According to Ontario Parks our campground will be open by the […]

18 Jun, 2020

Don’t ask me how many weeks

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I am hearing too many Covid-related retail and food service horror stories. Clueless shoppers, rude shoppers, impatient shoppers. Ugh. DON’T BE THAT PERSON. – As some of you know, I’ve been working from home since mid-March or so. Every once in awhile I find myself thinking wistfully of a beautiful calendar I received for Christmas […]

I thought I should share an update to this post. Our praying mantis babies actually hatched soon after I wrote it. It was all very exciting and there was much yelling and merriment by yours truly. After they emerged from their ootheca we kept them indoors, in the jar, for two days before releasing them […]


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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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