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04 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: January 4 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

“They could be the only 48 words of health advice that you’ll ever need,” writes @YoniFreedhoff https://t.co/4Rusa2ZbBE — New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) January 3, 2020 A Quirky Collection of Cat Whiskers Diligently Cataloged in a Handbound Book from the 1940s, thisiscolossal.com Bizarrely decorated home owned by Dr. Phil trust hits the market, latimes.com Can […]

21 Dec, 2019

Weekend reading: December 21 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Feeling the Christmas spirit loading up gifts from ?@shoeboxcanada? to bring to clients of ?@TheRoyalMHC? #MerryChristmas ????@missfish? ?@CourtneyHWright? ?@suewalton86? pic.twitter.com/iUZYAk9kgL — KMonaghan (@KMonaghan) December 20, 2019 Giving back to the community, terra20.com Parent Tip Sheet: Surviving the gimme season, mediasmarts.ca The age of Instagram Face, newyorker.com For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care, nytimes.com How […]

07 Dec, 2019

Weekend reading: December 7 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Thanks very much to all of the volunteers who came out bright and early on this sunny Saturday to help unload 1000+ (!) trees from and set everything up. For sale hours and prices go to https://t.co/ggM6p7uE5w. #ottawa #ottcity pic.twitter.com/L5WW3bueWs — The Royal Mental Health Centre (@TheRoyalMHC) November 30, 2019 What Kind of Christmas Tree […]

17 Nov, 2019

Weekend reading: November 17 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Just back from seeing Parasite at @mayfairtheatre ! What a great film ???? >>Official Trailer (2019) Bong Joon Ho Film https://t.co/IisB6FT7Ms via @YouTube — andrea tomkins (@missfish) November 17, 2019 Recipes are now in the cloud, not on cards. What have we lost?, bostonglobe.com Here’s how much it costs to make a sourdough loaf at […]

09 Nov, 2019

Weekend reading: November 9 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading

Made this for dinner. It’s a keeper! >> Vietnamese Caramelised Pork Bowls | RecipeTin Eats https://t.co/Wd1iL2yUK1 — andrea tomkins (@missfish) November 4, 2019 If Keanu Reeves’s Date Can Embrace Looking Her Age, I Can Too, nytimes.com I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike, nytimes.com Can’t hear your dinner date? How noisy […]


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  • andrea tomkins: Thanks Lynn! I will keep doing it as long as I enjoy doing it. :)
  • Lynn: just chiming in to say how much I still enjoy these weekly reading lists. That Google food one was fascinating!
  • Nick: In February, only one thing is good - this is the last month of winter and spring will come soon and it will be warm)
  • Tannia: I someone today who said he played polkaroo.
  • Tannia: What was the actor's name who played polkaroo?
  • Lynn: Oh man, I can see this as my future in just a few short years. Between you and Allison (who's oldest is off in America for university), I can hardly r
  • Amy: Although what your daughter says makes sense and I'd follow her advice when you can, keep in mind that ride-sharing apps are a very recent way to trav

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