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26 Mar, 2021


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

What’s new? Well, never in my life have I gone on so many walks. We are walking here, there, everywhere. We walk the dog. We walk at lunch. I walk in the morning. We walk on the weekends. We walk to the store. That sounds like a lot of walking, and it is, but I do it because I know how much it helps me and I also know how I feel when I don’t do it.

Last night I went on a walk with a friend and I found a perfectly lovely vintage Pyrex bowl in someone’s garbage! (Stay tuned for my next blog post: “Walking For Profit.”) ;)

Last weekend we walked from Westboro Beach to Mud Lake, with a stop at the Britannia location of Farm Boy to buy picnic items and something for dinner, for a total distance of 11K. (!!)

Walking walking walking

Yes, it took a long time, and it was glorious. The sun was shining, the birds were all a’twitter, and the views were lovely. It was tough on my feet but at the same time, completely restorative.

I had a bit of an online shopping spree today. Remember my duvet upgrade earlier in the pandemic (and the unfortunate incident with the old one)? Since that time we bought new bedsheets and a pair of feather pillows (all great deals at Costco!) and a lighter duvet from IKEA for when the warmer weather hits.

Today, I bought a new duvet cover from Simons. I am wary of buying bed linens online because the feel of them is important to me, but I hit a breaking point and couldn’t help myself. While I was there I got sucked in to buying some new cloth napkins, which is good because our current assortment is driving me a bit batty.

Speaking of breaking points, I’ve been cleaning up/changing up the home office in fits and spurts. I spend a lot of time here and I need it to be… different. I’m in the process of giving away our extra office chair and looking into shelving or something for behind my computer (which is a corner desk, so, a bit weird). I welcome any and all feedback!

There are a few other things that are tempting me right now (don’t even ask me how many tabs I have open at the moment):

4 Responses to "updatish"

1 | molly

March 26th, 2021 at 9:22 pm


Have you purchased Miik before? I have a couple of dresses and I wear them all summer – like, twice a week – and they wash beautifully. And so so comfy!

2 | andrea tomkins

March 27th, 2021 at 3:23 pm


I don’t own any Miik items, just seen those pretty dresses from afar! :) I didn’t know they made leggings and am intrigued…

3 | Kylie

April 12th, 2021 at 11:26 am


Thanks for telling us about the SavvyCompany fondue party! We signed up with relatives across Ontario as a fun (virtual) way to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. The food & wine was great and the entertainment by Jessica Pearson & the East Wind was superb.

4 | andrea tomkins

April 12th, 2021 at 4:06 pm


Heeeey! I’m glad it was a good experience for you! Thanks for letting me know. :)

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