a peek inside the fishbowl

Archive for the ‘Ottawa’ Category

11 Jul, 2018

Tree planting along the SJAM Parkway

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

Earlier this summer I promised myself to take my physical fitness up a notch. We have a gym membership, but it’s so nice outside I thought I’d work a little harder and walk a little more. I like to walk, and it’s easy enough to do. Well, I’m happy to report that I am now […]

I was talking to someone today about how SOME people say that Ottawa is boring. Urgh. I hate those people. Folks, if you think Ottawa is boring, YOU are boring. There is so much great stuff going on, and so much of it is free. All you need to know, is how to find out […]

Last night I attended the media launch of the 2018 edition of Doors Open Ottawa. We’ve participated in Doors Open for a few years and I’m so pleased that this amazing event has gained more and more traction every year. As Mayor Jim Watson put it in his opening remarks, Doors Open represents a unique opportunity […]

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 […]

02 May, 2018

Bike goals 2018

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

I’ve declared – at least to my image in the mirror this morning – that this is going to be the summer of cycling. Of all the “active” things to do in Ottawa, this is in my top three, right after walking to the pub and hiking in the woods. ;) Have you seen the […]

Tags:

Patronatus

Have a great summer at Saunders Farm!


Mrs Tiggywinkle's - the best toy store in Ottawa


Click me!


Archives

Stay in touch



Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.


  • andrea tomkins: Great suggestions! Thank you!
  • Jacquelyn: Some of my favourite podcasts: Tim Ferriss Show, Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell, StartUp by Gimlet, Ask a Manager by Allison Green, 99% Invi
  • andrea tomkins: That sounds awesome Lynn! It's really cool when it comes together like this for them, especially regarding future work. At 14, our youngest worked
  • Lynn: Love these ideas! Our oldest is doing the Leadership Camp with the city for July - it is 20 days of instruction and they get first aid certification a
  • andrea tomkins: I've read Quiet. I found the first half to be really insightful, the second half was less compelling... but it's still a good way to understand the di
  • Erica: You would probably like the book "Quiet" by Susan Cain if you haven't already read it...it's a really good book about being an introvert, how importan
  • Lynn: I think this is becoming more common in our age group, with the way life is so busy. I value my down time and I can't handle the stress right now of a

The Obligatory Blurb

My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). 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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!

 


E-book alert!

Shopping Embargo e-book promo

My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

Piper is on Instagram

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter