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01 Jan, 2020

This is the project I worked on every day in 2019

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Happy New Year Fishies! I hope 2020 brings you much joy, health, and happiness. What did this past year look like for you? Last year at this time I decided to try keeping a video diary. My goal was to take a one second video (or photo, but mostly video) every day for 365 days. […]

25 Dec, 2019

Merry Christmas, from our family, to yours

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

… and all the best for 2020! I hope you find your happy place, no matter where you roam. Share the post “Merry Christmas, from our family, to yours” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedInE-mailReddit

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 […]


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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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