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08 Apr, 2020

Walking meditation

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

As some of you already know, I’ve been working from home these past few weeks. I feel very fortunate to be able to do so, and to have a good set up in order to Get Things Done. I went to the office yesterday to pick up a couple of things and also to check […]

02 Apr, 2020

Things that are making me happy right now, a list

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

1) Ted Simpson‘s Ottawa porch portrait series (above)! Check him out on Instagram too. I love hearing about how people are staying busy and creative during these challenging times, don’t you? 2) Sunshine. 3) Daily walks. 4) A new puzzle. 5) Making (and eating) homemade New York style pretzels (here’s a recipe). 6) My orchid flowered! […]

28 Mar, 2020

sleep and worry

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

One of the website articles I’m editing at work right now is a Q&A written by a sleep expert at The Royal. Dr. Lee and I first met when I interviewed him for this article about sleep trackers. We had a really good conversation, after which I did a lot of reading on the topic. I […]

26 Mar, 2020

The importance of chocolate

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

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 the disinfectant wipes, but I did NOT think the store would run out of chocolate. I ordered a couple Lindt bars and didn’t get them! The store normally makes a substitution […]

24 Mar, 2020


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

It’s interesting how much we think about contagion now. I think about it when I press the button to cross the street, touch the handle of a donation bin as I drop a bag of clothing inside, touch anything. I even thought about whether I needed gloves to handle the grocery bags that were loaded […]


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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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