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30 Jun, 2019

General Life Update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you probably already know what I’m about to say but I feel like it has to be said here too: THINGS ARE HAPPENING. I can only describe these last few weeks as A Whirlwind of Emotion. Item one: The youngest daughter has graduated from high school. We […]

07 May, 2019

More about mushrooms

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Last week I shared a quick recipe for mushrooms on toast. I deeply regret not running out and shoring up my mushroom supply because I have a serious craving at the moment. That post got me thinking more about mushrooms. You probably didn’t know this about me but I really like mushrooms. Like really really. […]

At the end of my previous post I linked to a very old blog post, an 18-year-old blog post, to be exact. It’s so old it’s not even part of the archives. I actually had to go and find it on my computer and upload it. I had to laugh at a sentence I had written […]

14 Apr, 2019

18 and three days

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you already know that the youngest daughter turned 18 this week. Honestly, I don’t know how we got here. She used to be a small baby! This is the year that Mark and I become the parents of two Young Adults. The eldest will be turning 20 […]

01 Feb, 2019

Drinking and not drinking

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Of all my school years, from kindergarten to my last year of university, grades seven and eight were the worst. After sixth grade I left my neighbourhood school to enroll in a French immersion program in a middle school located in a completely different part of town. It meant taking the school bus for the first time and […]


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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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