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One of the things that I’m absolutely clinging to right now is our camping trip this summer. It looks like MIGHT be a go, but frankly, I wouldn’t be too surprised if it was cancelled by the powers that be. We booked our campsite months ago, pre-Covid. According to Ontario Parks our campground will be open by the […]

18 Jun, 2020

Don’t ask me how many weeks

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I am hearing too many Covid-related retail and food service horror stories. Clueless shoppers, rude shoppers, impatient shoppers. Ugh. DON’T BE THAT PERSON. – As some of you know, I’ve been working from home since mid-March or so. Every once in awhile I find myself thinking wistfully of a beautiful calendar I received for Christmas […]

If you follow me on Twitter you may recall a thread I posted last year about a praying mantis egg case I bought at Costco, and the results of said egg case. Well I bought one again this year and I realized I never wrote about it here on the blog. What has prompted me to do […]

29 Apr, 2020

All the breads I’ve eaten

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - iKnead|Recipes and Food

Pandemic baking! It’s all the rage. So is pandemic eating… at least around here. Sigh. Yesterday we picked up an order from the Ottawa Bagelshop. (Curbside pick up!) Cue the angels: I have officially entered the world of the no-knead breads. Frankly, it’s miraculous how such a lovely loaf can come together with so little […]

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 […]


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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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