Hi, I'm Sarah and this is my blog. With nearly a decade of posts, Novakistan is filled with stories from my early days in Minnesota and then our Diplomatic adventures in the Philippines, Peru, DC and Malawi, our current home. I'm glad you're here and hope you enjoy our overseas adventures as much as we do!
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Calling All Curlers!

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Hello all.  I’m afraid I’m getting desperate.  I’ve had a dream for the last year that I could be a curler by association and belong to the St. Paul Curling Club.  I’m totally fascinated with curling, but don’t really desire to play myself.  I really just want to belong to the club and hang out […]

September 1, 2008
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Purse Heaven on Grand…

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So, I’m pleased to report that this fabulous little purse shop just opened on Grand.  I happened to be making a trip through the neighborhood a month ago during the grand opening and stopped to chat with the owner.  I have this strange need to get to know the shop owners around here now that […]

August 30, 2008
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Andrew Zimmern: A Star is Born

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If you’ve lived in Minnesota for long, you’ve probably heard of Andrew Zimmern.  He’s most commonly known for the food column he writes for Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine.  Or perhaps you heard him on the radio saying, “This is Andrew Zimmern for Lunds and Byerly’s”.  Well, our local celebrity has made the big time now.  He […]

August 29, 2008
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25 Things on the Verge of Going Extinct

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25. Pit Toilets: By the 2000 Census, the number of Americans who lacked indoor plumbing was down to 0.6%. Even though that’s still an awful lot of Americans using an outhouse or pit toilet — 670,000 households or 1.3 million people — it’s a huge improvement from 1950 when 27% of households (and over half […]

August 20, 2008
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Monetary Goals + Social Networking = Smarty Pig!

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Oh my gosh.  This site was made for me- I can’t believe I didn’t know about it until now!  Let me introduce- SMARTY PIG.COM.  This FREE site encourages saving for specific goals IN ADVANCE.  All you do is tell them what you’re saving for and when you want to reach that goal and PRESTO– they’ll tell […]

August 18, 2008
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Up, Up and AWAY!

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Well, Nick is always coming up with new and exciting things for us to try.  Triking is the latest.  Nick went out tonight with an instructor and really enjoyed it and is now encouraging me to give it a go and see if it’s something we’d enjoy doing together for fun.  I’m a bit tentative, but have […]

August 16, 2008
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Something fabulous in our backyard!

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the Farmer’s Market, but have you REALLY taken the time to check it out?  Nick and I have made a tradition of heading down to Lowertown in St. Paul a few times a month.  It’s absolutely one of my all-time favorite things to do on a sunny Saturday morning!  I […]

August 14, 2008
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Innovative New Gear for Olympic Athletes- Coming soon to a store near you!

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  So, the Olympics are just around the corner.  Several new products are debuting there that will be available to the public shortly after.  Check out this great article in Fast Company that talks about the new arrivals.  I’ve showcased a couple of my favorites.  The first is Nike’s PRECOOL vest, which atheletes wear for […]

August 6, 2008
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