a peek inside the fishbowl

Some of my Twitter and Facebook friends are probably already aware that I’m in the middle of a Dry January. No beer, no cider, no wine, no alcohol whatsoever, for the entire month.

So far so good! :)

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about what alcohol does to our brain and body. If you’re interested, you can start with these:

Have you ever done a Dry January? Why or why not?

11 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: January 11 edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading

04 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: January 4 edition

By andrea tomkins in Weekend reading

Happy New Year Fishies! I hope 2020 brings you much joy, health, and happiness.

What did this past year look like for you?

Last year at this time I decided to try keeping a video diary. My goal was to take a one second video (or photo, but mostly video) every day for 365 days. (!!) And I did it!

You can watch it below, if you like. It may not be that interesting to you, but I kinda love it. Life, eh? It’s a series of mundane events stitched together with moments of love, excitement, and wonder. We had some great times and a few not-so-great ones, but overall, I would say it was a very good year.

(If you can’t view the video, you can see it on YouTube right here.)

25 Dec, 2019

Merry Christmas, from our family, to yours

By andrea tomkins in Misc. life

… and all the best for 2020!
I hope you find your happy place, no matter where you roam.

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The Obligatory Blurb

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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