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In the past 15 years of running this blog I’ve had more than a few conversations with readers who want to know how they can support this website. THANK YOU for that.  I pour a lot of myself into this little corner of cyberspace. It is truly a labour of love and I really appreciate all of the positive feedback and support I have received.

The very best way to show your appreciation is by clicking on the ads of my awesome patrons and taking the time to check out their websites. Without them, I might not be here.

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  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive MYSTERY SOLVED - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] back I wrote a post about some lost marbles. To summarize: someone was taking them and I couldn’t figure out who. WELL. I can now say,
  • andrea tomkins: The winner is commenter #30 - C Chiu. Good thing you left a comment on Facebook because that's what won it for you! Congratulations. Check your email!
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  • Tara Tosh Kennedy: Early Christmas shopping - probably Minecraft-related for the kiddos.
  • Misty Pratt: I need to do some early Christmas shopping to make November /December a bit less stressful! There are a few games I have my eye on that I'd like to pu
  • Cath: We always do a 1000 piece puzzle over the holidays as a family so I'd probably get a puzzle, maybe the bizarre bookshop one!

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 (17) and Sarah (15). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times, 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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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.


On the nightstand

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