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17 Apr, 2020

Today, like every day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

It’s Friday… OR IS IT? This shortened work week is making it even harder to keep track. Maybe I’m being a bit harsh but I now tend to bristle when someone asks me “what’s new.” Sometimes I feel like screaming: What’s new? What’s new?? EXACTLY NOTHING BECAUSE EVERY DAY IS THE SAME AS THE ONE BEFORE. But […]

13 Apr, 2020

things we are celebrating

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Everything is different now, and birthdays are no exception. The youngest turned 19 on April 11. 19! I can hardly believe it myself. For the record, here’s the post I wrote when she was born. :) So how does one celebrate a milestone birthday in the midst of a pandemic? Here’s how it went down here […]

09 Apr, 2020

Sign of the times

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

As I mentioned before, our groceries are done primarily doing the Loblaws Click & Collect but I’ve had to augment this with a couple of in-store visits this past month. One trip was to stock up on groceries for my mother (which the youngest dropped off to her, she lives about 2.5 hours away) and the second […]

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! […]


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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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