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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. […]

30 Jun, 2019

General Life Update

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you probably already know what I’m about to say but I feel like it has to be said here too: THINGS ARE HAPPENING. I can only describe these last few weeks as A Whirlwind of Emotion. Item one: The youngest daughter has graduated from high school. We […]

07 May, 2019

More about mushrooms

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Last week I shared a quick recipe for mushrooms on toast. I deeply regret not running out and shoring up my mushroom supply because I have a serious craving at the moment. That post got me thinking more about mushrooms. You probably didn’t know this about me but I really like mushrooms. Like really really. […]

At the end of my previous post I linked to a very old blog post, an 18-year-old blog post, to be exact. It’s so old it’s not even part of the archives. I actually had to go and find it on my computer and upload it. I had to laugh at a sentence I had written […]


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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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