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24 Mar, 2020


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

It’s interesting how much we think about contagion now. I think about it when I press the button to cross the street, touch the handle of a donation bin as I drop a bag of clothing inside, touch anything. I even thought about whether I needed gloves to handle the grocery bags that were loaded […]

23 Mar, 2020


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

How are you getting your groceries? How often are you going out to get them? We placed our first order with Click & Collect at the Westboro location of the Real Canadian Superstore and I picked it up today. The process was fairly simple, and I would do it again. BUT, here are a few […]

21 Mar, 2020

Another “must do” activity in the age of Coronavirus?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I got a journal for Christmas and it’s been sitting on my bureau in our bedroom, unused. I saw it this morning and I realized that I do actually need a journal for something right now … tracking our family’s life and movement during this pandemic. When someone gets sick with a communicable illness like […]

20 Mar, 2020

Muddling through, making do

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

The other day I heated up a stale tortilla wrap on the frying pan, smeared it with PB from the back of the fridge, crushed a spotty banana into the whole thing, folded it, and ate it. Yesterday I made tuna salad, after many years of not eating canned tuna. It was GOOD. Why had […]

19 Mar, 2020

Coronavirus changing the daily lives of families

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting

Mark is picking the youngest up in Kingston today, and moving her out of residence. I continue to work from home. At the moment, Piper is sitting on my lap, which is nice but she’s a tad too large to fit. Related: her Instagram account and the #terriersofinstagram community continues to bring smiles to our faces […]


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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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