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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 […]

17 May, 2019

Three cheers for the community builders

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|Yaktivism

Last night, Mark and I had the pleasure of attending the 19th annual United Way Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala at the Shaw Centre. I’ve been a few times and it’s always a great event. Good food, good chatting, and of course, a chance to learn about some of the people and the […]

25 Apr, 2019

Normalizing environmentally-friendly behaviours

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Oh! Things!|Yaktivism

When I was 18 I visited family in the Czech Republic for the first time. It wasn’t long after the Berlin wall had come down. I never expected to be able to go there, back to the motherland, but I did. I stayed with my grandmother, my mother’s mother, who lived in Prague. I remember […]


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  • Petropablo: I hear ya. I recently read an article explaining why rock sculptures are wrong wrong wrong. I don't remember a single argument other you're messin
  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Happy to support your run for this great cause
  • andrea tomkins: I hope you get better soon, Sally! Thanks for being a cheerleader. And yes, all funds go to The Royal!
  • Lynn: Looks like an amazing day! A great day to spend with family and so many delicious things!
  • Sally Dowe Marchand: Wish I could do this along side you as I finally reached 5 k running but alas I am grounded after eye surgery - no Strenuous exercise until I get the
  • JInjer: Happy Birthday! Sounds like a wonderful and TASTY birthday! Is the cup with the cat on it yours and if so where did you get it? Sorry, couldn't
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Destination: Carlington Hill - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] I haven’t been here for years. (The last time may have been when we set off Mark’s rocket.)  […]

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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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