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The carbon monoxide detector went off at 5:35 this (Sunday) morning. To be clear, it’s a combination smoke alarm/carbon monoxide detector and it came in a pair, one of which is installed in the upstairs hallway right outside our bedrooms and the other downstairs near the front door. My first instinct is to ignore the […]

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It’s not Canada Day in Ottawa if it doesn’t include some strawberries. We went to our usual U-pick strawberry farm the other day: Richmond Nurseries on Richmond Road at Fallowfield. It was stinking hot, but when there’s four people filling three big baskets (and a promise of strawberry milkshakes afterwards) it goes pretty quickly. Richmond Nurseries […]

30 Jun, 2014

Liveblogging the first day of summer, the 2014 edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

A few years ago I started liveblogging the first day of summer holidays, and every year I return to it because I think it’s a fun exercise that provides some insights (for me, anyway) into our own family history. (Here’s the first one, from 2008!) For me, the ability to look back is has always been […]

27 Jun, 2014

The things we learn, and how we learn them

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I opened up Mark’s laptop to discover that someone in this household (I’m guessing it was one of the girls) was looking up the origin of the phrase: LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE. I find this fascinating for a couple of reasons. 1) It’s a wee insight into the inner workings of their brain. I’m thrilled […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, 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 – 752 lunches and counting!

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

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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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  • I'm over at the MediaSmarts blog today, putting together the online privacy puzzle.

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  • I had a really interesting conversation with my 14-year-old daughter recently. She was wondering why so many adults assume that teenagers are all the same: a bunch of lazy, self-involved jokers who are glued to their devices all day. I didn’t have an answer for her, really, only that people tend to generalize, and that this is Never a Good Thing, no matter who it is we’re talking about. [Read the rest at MediaSmarts.ca]

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