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08 Jan, 2021

Tiny resolutions, and how to read more books in 2021

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Part of our New York Times subscription includes access to some interesting and informative e-newsletters. A recent edition had a bit about downsizing our New Year’s resolutions. (I’m not sure if you’ll be able to access it, but try this link.) I loooove the idea of making small promises to ourselves instead of bigger resolutions that might overwhelm us (and let’s […]

07 Jan, 2021


Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

In late 2019 I received a gorgeous wall calendar as a gift. An Italian import with creamy thick paper and beautiful illustrations, it’s the kind of calendar that begs to be framed instead of recycled at the end of the year. In January 2020 I hung it up in a prominent place in my Actual Offsite […]

02 Jan, 2021

First three stories, then eyes forward

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Welp. Christmas has come and gone. I’ve been enjoying the company of our Christmas tree since the end of November but I’m suddenly no longer as keen to turn the lights on now. I realize I left a pretty downhearted post up here at the top over Christmas for longer than I had meant, but don’t […]

18 Dec, 2020

This is what a funeral looks like right now

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I was a funeral today for Mark’s aunt. Her passing wasn’t Covid related, but Covid didn’t help matters. I am sad, but even sadder that the novel coronavirus has changed things this much. There was no indoor service, only an outdoor, graveside, service. Attendees had to stand at least 6 feet away from the grave and at […]

17 Dec, 2020

Are you a finisher, or an opener?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Are you a finisher, or an opener? There’s an older post about this idea on Gretchen Rubin’s blog here. Do you get more pleasure out of starting a new jar of peanut butter, or finishing one? When I first saw this idea I couldn’t believe I hadn’t ever thought about myself this way before. I am a finisher, through and […]


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  • ChosenFurniture: So hard to say. Yet, knowing your tendency for either opening or finishing can help you understand what habits you need to work against and what parts
  • Nicole MacPherson: I'm 100% with you! Last year I read 147 books, and a lot of that had to do with putting my damn phone down. Scrolling takes a LOT of time. Sheesh! I m
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Tiny resolutions, and how to read more books in 2021 - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] vitamin D at breakfast. Touching your toes when you get out of bed every morning. Deciding NOT to complain about the weather. So maybe it
  • andrea tomkins: Thank you Lynn. Happy New Year!
  • Lynn: Such a lovely post full of lovely stories that capture 2020 for me, too. Thanks Andrea!

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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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