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03 Jul, 2013

Walden is wandering!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you|Ottawa

UPDATE: Well. I think Walden is gone. Sigh. That didn’t last long, did it? There’s a bit more info here. – And here’s a clue regarding his first stop in Westboro: Where’s Walden is our little family project. It’s the Trust Experiment with a bit of geocaching thrown in along with a measure of social media. Hopefully […]


24 Jun, 2013

Where’s Walden?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Westboro|Challenge me, challenge you

Walden is a garden gnome who will be spending his summer wandering around Westboro. He’s busy packing his bags and making a travel plan right now and will be embarking on his journey very soon. Once THAT happens you’ll have the opportunity to follow his progress in a few different ways – most notably – right here. More […]

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02 May, 2013

Live below the line: Thursday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you|Yaktivism

Day four of Live Below the Line. The end is in sight. Thank god for that.

01 May, 2013

Live below the line: Wednesday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Challenge me, challenge you|Yaktivism

Day three of living below the line!


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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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