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07 Jan, 2021


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

In late 2019 I received a gorgeous wall calendar as a gift. An Italian import with creamy thick paper and beautiful illustrations, it’s the kind of calendar that begs to be framed instead of recycled at the end of the year. In January 2020 I hung it up in a prominent place in my Actual Offsite […]

02 Jan, 2021

First three stories, then eyes forward

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Welp. Christmas has come and gone. I’ve been enjoying the company of our Christmas tree since the end of November but I’m suddenly no longer as keen to turn the lights on now. I realize I left a pretty downhearted post up here at the top over Christmas for longer than I had meant, but don’t […]

18 Dec, 2020

This is what a funeral looks like right now

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I was a funeral today for Mark’s aunt. Her passing wasn’t Covid related, but Covid didn’t help matters. I am sad, but even sadder that the novel coronavirus has changed things this much. There was no indoor service, only an outdoor, graveside, service. Attendees had to stand at least 6 feet away from the grave and at […]

11 Dec, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

… Christmas. We actually bought our tree at the end of November. For the record, this is the earliest tree purchase in our family’s history. We bought it at The Royal’s Christmas tree sale. (Proceeds go to patient care, yay!) It is truly a lovely tree. It’s up in the living room, but undecorated at […]

27 Nov, 2020

The state of holiday shopping

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I have a new post up on the terra20 blog about the importance of shopping locally. You can read that right here… and while you’re there, take advantage of a big weekend sale on made-in-Canada merch! So my mother bought me a lovely pair of moccasins for Christmas last weekend. (Thanks mom!) They’re Canadian made, […]


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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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