a peek inside the fishbowl

Posts Tagged ‘coronavirus

20 Mar, 2020

Muddling through, making do

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

The other day I heated up a stale tortilla wrap on the frying pan, smeared it with PB from the back of the fridge, crushed a spotty banana into the whole thing, folded it, and ate it. Yesterday I made tuna salad, after many years of not eating canned tuna. It was GOOD. Why had […]

19 Mar, 2020

Coronavirus changing the daily lives of families

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

Mark is picking the youngest up in Kingston today, and moving her out of residence. I continue to work from home. At the moment, Piper is sitting on my lap, which is nice but she’s a tad too large to fit. Related: her Instagram account and the #terriersofinstagram community continues to bring smiles to our faces […]

This is Ned. He’ll be conducting your check-pup today. Please don’t giggle when you see him. He’s $232,000 in debt from medical school and would appreciate some respect. 13/10 pic.twitter.com/8Hd9N3v5hm — WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) March 9, 2020 Coronavirus: campaign launched offering help to those self-isolating, theguardian.com Chinese company invents bat-like suit to protect from coronavirus, nypost.com […]

14 Mar, 2020

Coronavirus in Ottawa, part 2

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

A few things have changed since my previous post about what we are doing now that COVID-19 has arrived in Ottawa. I did a second large grocery shop a couple of nights ago. It was busy, but not as busy as reported today. e.g. line ups that loop around the entire store. When I came […]

07 Mar, 2020

Are you worried about coronavirus?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

It’s important to think about the things we can all do to prepare for possible cases of #COVID19 in our community. In the video below, your Medical Officer of Health @VeraEtches has great info to help you be prepared. Please watch & please RThttps://t.co/SDvkNTcPiJ — Ottawa Public Health (@ottawahealth) March 4, 2020 Ottawa Public Health […]


Stay in touch

Me and my pet projects

Ottawa Bucket list

Subscribe via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive sleep and worry - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] advice reminded of my coronavirus chronicle (a.k.a. my paper diary) in which I describe our comings and goings and family updates. I […
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive The importance of chocolate - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] Earlier this week we placed an order for grocery pick up at the Superstore. I had figured we might not get the toilet paper we wanted, or th
  • andrea tomkins: I watched a whole video that was sent to me about this... how to deal with groceries when you bring them home. The problem is there is so much conflic
  • andrea tomkins: It is true that things are changing so fast. It's hard to keep up. Strangely, I am a PC client and didn't receive the email everyone is talking about
  • Lynn: It's Thursday now, and this just goes to show you how fast things change - we got an email from PC Optimum yesterday letting us know that a) they will
  • Lynn: I just got back from a Costco run and this kind of thing was in my mind the whole way, and when I got back home. I washed my hands before unloading th
  • Amy: The quandary about grocery bags and where the contagion ends was concerning me the other day. Every item in the grocery order has been touched by mu

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.

If you'd like to contact me, please use this form. If you're so inclined, you can read more about me here. Thank you for visiting!


E-book alert!

Shopping Embargo e-book promo

My right hand is actually a camera

Connect with me at these places too!

Piper is on Instagram

On the nightstand

All hail the mighty Twitter