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While many people in Ottawa were anticipating delays on the LRT or scraping the snow off their cars this morning, I was enjoying my usual commute a little bit more than usual: I walked to work, admiring the scene, enjoying the fresh air, thinking WOW. This is nice. Aren’t I lucky? What helped, of course, […]

06 Nov, 2019

Work habits

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

When I was in second grade my teacher showed me that I can cool my body down by holding the insides of my wrists under cold running water. For some reason it stuck with me, and I sometimes I find myself doing it on hot days. I don’t even know if there is any science […]

01 Nov, 2019

The messenger

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I was killing time and looking at my phone while I was waiting in line at the coffee shop. “So how is your day going?” I looked up, startled. I hadn’t expected anyone to speak to me and I was doing the very thing I had promised myself I wouldn’t do, that is, surf mindlessly […]

02 Sep, 2019

another milestone

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

If you’re a friend of the Fishbowl you may have read the post I wrote when our eldest went away to school. Full disclosure, I teared up re-reading it right now. I am feeling all the same feels now that the youngest is away at school. My goodness, our baby is gone and I can’t […]

24 Aug, 2019

In loving memory

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

(September 18, 1938 – August 19, 2019) [For context, this is the eulogy I gave at Mary’s funeral on August 24] Gary, Mark and I were here a few days ago, making arrangements. One of the items we looked at were thank you cards. Those are likely to come your way by sometime next year. […]


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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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