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How’s work?  I am asked this question quite often when I’m out and about and run into people I haven’t seen in awhile. I started a position as a writer on the corporate communications team at The Royal four years ago and my answer to anyone who asks is always the same: GREAT. Ha. I know. […]

03 Jun, 2022

Run for Women, the post-pandemic edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

The 2022 edition of the Run for Women is taking place THIS SUNDAY. Last year it was a virtual event, meaning everyone ran on their own, wherever they were at. This year, participants had the option to run on their own OR with other people, old-school, in an actual race, just like in the Before Times. (!) […]

21 Aug, 2020

Run for Women Ottawa

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

We are almost one month away from the National Run for Women’s Mental Health Day (Sunday, September 27). In 2017, I participated in my first SHOPPERS LOVE. YOU. Run for Women and I was very impressed by the whole experience. I am not a competitive runner and I was new to this kind of event. I didn’t have much to […]

21 Jul, 2020

Examining my relationship with my phone

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Yaktivism

Today I did two loads of laundry and made an excellent pot of broccoli cheddar soup using some soft vegetables I found languishing in the back of the crisper. I walked to the grocery store and will be slapping together a dinner at some point. That’s about all that I have the energy for today. We are […]

18 Jan, 2020

Weekend reading: The Dry January edition

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Weekend reading|Yaktivism

Some of my Twitter and Facebook friends are probably already aware that I’m in the middle of a Dry January. No beer, no cider, no wine, no alcohol whatsoever, for the entire month. So far so good! :) I’ve been doing a lot of reading about what alcohol does to our brain and body. If […]


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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 offspring: Emma (24) and Sarah (22). 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, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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