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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 […]

14 Jan, 2019

What do I need?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Thanks to everyone who reached out to us following the recent bus crash at Westboro station. We are all ok, thank goodness. Mark is the only one of us who takes the bus on a daily basis and that bus isn’t one he’d ever take. The bus station itself, however, is close to home and […]

10 Jan, 2019

The January reset continues

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

The other day I posted about some promises I made to myself and we are ten days into the month so I wanted to share a small update. To summarize: so far so good, on all fronts. My January is still a Dry January and the scale is finally heading in the right direction. I’ve had […]

03 Jan, 2019

I resolve to resolve

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I reread yesterday’s post and am a hair’s breadth away from deleting it. I’m not entirely sure I made any sense. – Normally, I’m not really into New Year’s resolutions. I suppose it’s because I haven’t felt like I needed to make them. Well, this year I do need them. I need to hit a reset […]

It’s been a very lazy week here at Casa Fishbowl but I’m totally ok with this. I am really enjoying having the family around. We’ve almost polished off the chocolate, eaten all of the cheese, and finished the Annual Christmas Puzzle. (It was a doozy this year.) We’ve watched a lot of Netflix too, but […]



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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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