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05 Jul, 2018

Are you an entertainer?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

… and by ENTERTAINER, I don’t mean that you’re a juggler or a circus performer, or the kind of person who’ll suddenly lean over and pull a quarter out of someone’s ear. What I mean is, do you like to entertain? If you had to rate your love of entertaining on a scale of 0-10, […]

03 Jul, 2018

Canada Day 2018

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

How was your Canada Day? Ours was low-key, to say the least. We spent the afternoon lounging around my inlaws swimming pool and trying to stay hydrated. By the time the evening rolled around and we were home again we were too hot and tired to eat the BBQ dinner I had planned. The heat […]

29 Jun, 2018

The first day of summer holidays

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

… well, it’s not really the first day of summer holidays. Yesterday was the last day of school for many of my friends with younger kids but the eldest has been home from university for some time now and the youngest had her last exam of grade 11 last week. For a few years, I […]

12 Jun, 2018

Like a kid in a candy store

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I was photographing a woman who lives in my area for a Q&A to be published in the next edition of Kitchissippi Times. She’s a fitness coach for older adults and we got to chatting about this and that. Of course, given her area of expertise, we talked about health and fitness, especially the question […]

The reason I first started this blog turned 19 yesterday. (!) Last night the eldest and I browsed a few past birthday–related posts here on the blog. I tell ya, celebrating 19 years is pretty different. Here’s how it went down. 1) I was up at my usual hour. When she finally woke up I begged […]


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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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