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22 May, 2023

Bikes and Ottawa bike shops

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa

They say that if you want to get more movement into your day to start with something you enjoyed doing as a kid. Well, for me, this is riding my bike. So I started biking to work last week. It takes approximately nine minutes and I’m pretty winded by the end. NINE MINUTES. My plan is to […]

10 Jul, 2022

A road trip to Rideau Antiques

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Ottawa

Back in April we were loaned a Ford Escape PHEV for a week and we were keen to put it to the test here, there, and everywhere. I have more to say about this vehicle and have been mulling over a post but for now I will say: WE BOUGHT IT. (!) But that, my […]

13 Nov, 2020

Warming up to winter, under the covers

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!

In a previous post I wondered out loud about things we can do to prepare for the long winter ahead. Well, I am pleased to report that did one of the things on that list: I bought a new duvet from Ikea. But first, some backstory. I don’t rightly know how old our old feather duvet […]

In my previous post I wrote about the second wave and what we’re doing to get ready for it. This past summer I’m sure you heard about the global shortages of inflatable pools, kayaks, and bicycles. I think we’re now looking at shortages of skis, snowshoes, and wool socks as people get ready for a […]

20 Aug, 2020

my pandemic birthday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|Oh! Things!|Ottawa|Recipes and Food

I’m officially 48. My mantra this year is “48 is great.” Because it is. I feel… taller somehow. I realized that for me, having a birthday during a global pandemic is almost the same as having a non-pandemic birthday. My perfect birthday essentially involves sharing good food with the ones I love, and I’m pleased […]


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