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30 Mar, 2008

Reader request

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

Would you like to be part of blog set up by a mother/Phd student? This blog will be a members-only, time-limited site, used as the research project for a thesis at the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. The author would like to understand how mothers deal with identity issues.If you’re interested in joining […]

11 Sep, 2005

I’m alive, aliiiiiiiiive!

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

Egads people. You have no idea what technical hell I have been through: the sleeplessness, the nightsweats, the panic, the manuals, the research, the emails to tech support, the number of exclamation points!!!! But my Movable Type works now. It wasn’t before, and now it is. That’s what’s important. I’m thinking of moving to Word […]

13 Aug, 2005

Saturday paper

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

Hey – a piece I wrote about our recent camping experience is in today’s Ottawa Citizen. (Online for subscribers here.) It’s a list of things you should bring to make your life easier. Suffice it to say my list includes beer and coffee. :) Share the post “Saturday paper” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

28 Oct, 2004

The party that wasn’t a party

Posted by: andrea In: Uncategorized

Last Saturday we went to a family Halloween “party” at a local community centre. It was sheer pandemonium. We don’t always go to these kind of events, but I tell myself that we should “do it for the girls” because they’ll probably enjoy themselves. Problem: mummy gets grumpy and out of sorts when there is […]


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  • Natalie: My two cents. We have tried Supperworks, in fact we were regulars until recently. We were never disappointed. Their entrées for four fed our family o
  • Javamom: I guess one of the things we find hard to accept sometimes is that occasionally, time is more valuable than money. I get it, although I have not tried
  • future landfill: And yet, and yet. I've had a few decades of street photography, snapping pics of people and events in public places, cafes, pubs. Sometimes obviously
  • Colleen: It does sound fun, but a bit steep for my family.
  • andrea: We have winners! Dinner #1 on July 24 was won by nathalie d. Dinner #2 on August 21 was won by Madga. Congratulations! Thank you Saunders Farm
  • TD: This is something I have been considering, so a group outing would be great.

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. 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.

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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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  • I'm over at the MediaSmarts blog today, putting together the online privacy puzzle.

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  • I had a really interesting conversation with my 14-year-old daughter recently. She was wondering why so many adults assume that teenagers are all the same: a bunch of lazy, self-involved jokers who are glued to their devices all day. I didn’t have an answer for her, really, only that people tend to generalize, and that this is Never a Good Thing, no matter who it is we’re talking about. [Read the rest at MediaSmarts.ca]

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