How to Avoid Isolation in Your Home Office

1.Fess up to your need for human contact. Just because you're going stir crazy doesn't mean that you made the wrong decision when you decided to work from home - just that you need to make some changes.
2.Make lunch plans with friends or colleagues who work in your profession. If possible, arrange to meet with them the same day every week for a little socializing and networking.
3.Pick up the phone and call some of your colleagues, especially if you have any who also work at home. They may be in the same boat.
4.Send e-mail to friends and colleagues; it's the cost-free way to keep in touch, even with people halfway across the globe. Just don't forget to make some plans to meet people in person, as well.
5.Join a professional organization, then get out and attend any classes, lectures or social events the organization sponsors.
6.Consider working in an office environment one day a week. If you're a high-tech telecommuter, arrange with your boss to work at the office occasionally. If you are a freelancer, see if any of your clients would like you to work at their offices some days.
7.Get out of the house, even if only for a walk around the neighborhood or a trip to the store. Don't let yourself fall into the trap of spending all day, every day, inside your home.
8.If the above aren't enough to keep you feeling plugged in, consider forming a business partnership with one or more colleagues; perhaps sharing your goals and interests with someone else will provide the stimulation you need.   

How to Follow Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson's Rules for Resistance Training

1.Follow the basics. Do resistance training (also called strength training or weight training) after a warm-up, when muscles are more flexible and efficient.
2.Work opposing sets of muscles. After working the quadriceps at the front of the thighs, for example, work the hamstrings in the back next.
3.Start with the largest muscle groups. This helps warm up the entire body; plus, if you exercise the small muscle groups first, you may fatigue the larger groups, so you won't get as good a workout.
4.Avoid locking the joints. You can get the proper extension and full range of motion without locking your knees or elbows, which is especially risky when the weight is directly loaded on the joint.
5.Breathe with the movement. Concentrate on exhaling forcefully during the effort and inhaling as you lower or release the weight.
6.Start light. It's always wise to start conservatively with the lightest weight.
7.Stay in good form. Practice good posture alignment and proper form for all exercises. 
Resistance training is of particular importance for women who are new to sports and those who are over 40.
Start with a professional coach or spotter.
Be consistent. Train a minimum of twice a week, preferably three times, depending on how much you run.
Know when to skip it. If you are running a race, or in a racing season, resistance work can drain your strength. 
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Add Color and Scents When Making Candles

1.Melt the candle wax completely. (See Related Hows.)
2.Stir in about 4 tbs. of stearine (also called stearic acid) per pound of paraffin. Stearine helps make the wax harder and the candle easier to remove from the mold.
3.Add coloring. Candle dyes come in liquid, block or flake forms. Use a potato peeler or kitchen knife to cut pieces from dye blocks.
4.Stir the coloring into the melted wax.
5.Test the color by dripping a few drops of wax onto a white plate and sticking it in the freezer. After a couple of minutes the drops will be cool and you can see the true color your candle will be.
6.Prepare the mold and wick (see Related Hows).
7.Add scent by shaving off a few pieces from a scent block or adding 1/8 oz. of undiluted candle scent for every pound of wax.
8.Stir the wax to distribute the fragrance evenly.
9.You're now ready to pour the wax into the mold! 
Adding color and scent is a personal preference. Experiment with different combinations.
Crayons will add interesting colors to a candle, but don't use them as the primary colorant. They tend to glob up around the wick, and the candle won't burn well.
It's best to use dyes made for coloring candles.
Avoid essential oils, which are generally not designed for the intense heating of candle wax. Scented lamp ring oils are an inexpensive way to go. 
Be sure that small children and pets are kept out of the candlemaking area.
Don't pour wax down your sink - it will cool there and plug up the pipes.
Wax is flammable at high temperatures and should never be left unattended.
Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda rather than water if you have a wax fire.
Be careful using fragrances with acrylic molds. The chemicals frequently ruin the molds.   Steps:
1.Make sure that the writing and lettering implements you use in your scrapbook are acid-free and fade-resistant. Products that are not labeled "acid-free," "archival" or "photo-safe" could react chemically with your photos and cause them to fade.
2.Investigate scrapbook Web sites, magazines and books for ideas on how to incorporate text onto the pages of your book. Seeing what other scrapbook enthusiasts have done can help inspire you in the creation of your own unique scrapbook pages.
3.Determine the wording and placement of your text in advance to avoid making irreversible mistakes on the finished page.
4.Make the lettering of your text special. Explore different fonts and lettering mediums - adhesive-backed and paste-on paper letters come in all sizes, styles and colors! You might even try your hand at calligraphy.
5.Write titles and captions only or combine them with descriptions and thoughts about the photos (include thoughts from family and friends). You can also use poems or quotations as accompanying text for your photos.
6.Remember that your scrapbook is also a genealogical record. You are chronicling family history for the pleasure and education of future generations as well as your own. Include dates and as many complete names as possible.
7.Be creative with the placement of text. You can use text as a border for a photo or as a decorative accent. For example, instead of coloring in a border or shape, fill in the empty space with text. Use text to create the stems of flowers or to make spirals or swirls.
8.Use lightly lined paper in your scrapbook if you are concerned about your ability to write straight. Alternately, use a ruler or other straight edge to keep the lines of text even. You can also trace letters onto your scrapbook page. 
Look for scrapbook supplies in your local craft store and on the Internet. Make sure that all the materials are acid-free.
Look for fancy or unusual fonts and lettering styles on the Internet or in books and magazines.
Keep a journal. Use it to refresh your memory about a particular event. You could also keep notes with your photos. When you are ready to put the photos into a scrapbook, information about names, dates and events will be handy.
Use relevant song, book or movie titles as titles for your scrapbook pages.
Add text to a separate sheet of paper instead of writing directly in the book. Then you can cut the paper into any shape and place it anywhere on the page.  Steps:
1.Select the correct size wig for your doll head.
2.Set the pate, if required, on the head and let it dry completely. (See "How to Use and Set a Pate on a Doll," under Related Hows.)
3.Place a thin, continuous spiral of glue around the head.
4.Pull the hair back on the wig and secure it out of the way with a scrunchie, hair clips or ponytail holder.
5.Stretch the wig cap with your hands and slide the stretched cap onto the doll's head.
6.Use your fingertips to shift the doll wig into place and press it slightly into the glue.
7.Set aside and let it dry. 
Tips: Use a baby wipe to wipe off excess glue from around the cap when setting the wig onto the head. 
Warnings: Do not use superglues at all. The glue, when dry, acts like a knife, causing the fibers in the cap to break and tear. This, in turn, makes runs like in panty hose and generally ruins the entire wig. 
Attaching Wefting

8.Measure your wefting for the largest part of the head. Start at the center of the forehead, go above the ear crest, down to the almost-lowest point of the back of the head, back up to the crest of the ear and finish at the forehead point where you started. Cut this length.
9.Place a thin line of glue along this same path.
1..Start at the lowest point on the back of the head, and place the wefting on this line of glue.
1..Press gently and allow to dry.
1..Repeat steps 8 to 11 about 1/8 inch up from this first row of wefting.
1..Repeat once again if the head is large enough for a third ring of wefting.
1..Measure the diameter of the small open area at the top of the head.
1..Double that length, and cut a piece of wefting that size.
1..Fold this piece of wefting into a U shape.
1..Draw a medium-wide line of glue in the center or off-center, depending if you want a side part or a center part.
1..Place the bottom of the U at the back of the open area toward the back of the head. The two ends go toward the forehead.
1..Press into place.
2..Allow to dry completely.
2..Trim the bangs as you like and gently brush using an open wig brush to style. 
Tips: Wefting comes in all sorts of premade styles - from straight to extra curly - and in a lot of colors. 
Overall Tips:
If you use too much glue, it will ruin the way the hair lies. A clear, quick-drying glue with a high tack means less glue is needed. If you are going to want to remove the wig at a later date, use Elmer's.
A large glue syringe is best to control glue applications.
Baby hair clips and hair accessories work better than adult bobby pins and adult hair accessories.
Choose a wig with a stretch cap instead of a non-stretch type. It's more forgiving and looks better. Those from Dollsparts are high quality.
Beacon glues work best for applying wigs.
VO-5 is used by a lot of professional puppeteers to hold hairstyles.   
Overall Warnings:
Superglue will crack and ruin the wigging cap. 

How to Free Yourself From Seaweed When Snorkeling

1.Remain calm and refrain from thrashing around.
2.Identify what appendage or piece of equipment the seaweed has "grabbed."
3.Use both hands to lift the seaweed up and away from your body.
4.Kick backward and back paddle with your hands if you are hung up when moving forward.
5.Spin in a circular motion once you're clear to ensure you are fully free from the seaweed. 
The best way to stay free of seaweed is to avoid swimming directly through it. Snorkel around the edges of the seaweed and you can still enjoy the sights.
Take your time freeing yourself if you are on the surface. Remember – you can breathe.
Seaweed catches most often on your snorkel, fin straps, weight belt, or any other piece of protruding equipment. Check these areas first.
As a last resort, break the seaweed with your hands or cut it with a dive knife – if you have one. Don't worry too much about the damage. Seaweed is one of the world's fastest-growing plants.
Remember that although seaweed is alive, it isn't attacking you. 
Overall Warnings: Snorkeling is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Detect and Treat Hyperthermia in Dogs

1.Look for a large red tongue, thick saliva, noisy breathing, weakness, staggering and a body temperature of 106 degrees F or higher.
2.Cool your pet's body off immediately by pouring cool water over your dog or applying alcohol.
3.Apply cold, wet towels to your pet's body.
4.Take your dog to the veterinarian immediately. The veterinarian will administer necessary treatments such as IV fluids and will treat your pet for shock.
5.Monitor your dog on hot days.
6.Help prevent hyperthermia by not leaving your dog in parked cars in the summer months. 
Some causes of hyperthermia include exercise, being left in a parked car, a thick coat, short faces (such as with bulldogs and boxers), inadequate outdoor shelter, prolonged seizures, lung and heart diseases and a history of having hyperthermal episodes.
Dogs have few ways to eliminate heat. When they pant, the tongue surface enlarges in order to dissipate as much heat as possible. Dogs sweat on the pads of their feet. 
Hyperthermia can be fatal if left untreated.
Puppies are also susceptible to hyperthermia.   

How to Care for a Boston Terrier

1.Follow your veterinarian's recommendations for vaccinating your Boston terrier when you first get her, then get booster vaccinations for her as needed. Consult your veterinarian about flea and tick control products, heartworm medications and worming your dog.
2.Feed your Boston terrier high-grade dog food from a major dog food company. Make sure the food is appropriate for the dog's age. The first ingredient should be meat if you want a quality product. Crude protein should be no less than 30 percent, and crude fat no less than 20 percent. Fiber content should be 4 percent or less.
3.Brush your Boston terrier weekly with a firm-bristle brush. This breed sheds seasonally. Clean her face daily with a wet cloth, making sure you clean around the eyes.
4.Check your dog's ears regularly for ticks.
5.Walk your Boston terrier daily if you don't have a fenced yard. This breed is happy to go on short walks and doesn't need a vigorous workout.
6.Socialize your Boston terrier at a very early age to be with other dogs. Some males have aggressive tendencies toward other dogs.
7.Have patience when housebreaking your terrier, as this breed can take a while to train. Boston terriers are perfect house dogs after proper training.
8.Understand that Boston terriers are prone to cataracts (the lens of the eye becomes cloudy), hypothyroidism (a condition that causes the body to slow down) and skin tumors.
9.Be prepared to enjoy as many as 12 years with your Boston terrier, as this is the average life expectancy of the breed. 
While Boston terriers are very active, enjoying a romp around the yard, they're primarily indoor dogs because of their sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
Boston terriers do not bark often.
Watch the tone of your voice when training or speaking to your Boston terrier. These dogs are very sensitive to harsh tones. 
Boston terriers are prone to snoring.
Be careful when exercising your Boston terrier in extreme hot or cold weather, as she can develop breathing problems. Watch for heat exhaustion and avoid leaving your dog in a hot car for prolonged periods of time.   

How to Pack for a Trip to Hawaii

1.Remember that Hawaii's temperatures stay between 70 and 85 degrees F year-round. Rain consistently falls between November and April. However, it's often localized to one side or a portion of any given island.
2.Bring a few swimsuits, as they'll surely get their use. Also include shorts, tank tops, short-sleeved shirts, sundresses, thongs, sandals and a hat.
3.Take a snorkel and mask to catch some of Hawaii's underwater splendor. Diving equipment, as well as most water sport gear, can be rented.
4.Pack according to your intended nighttime pursuits. Shorts and T-shirts are the standard dress code, but some of Hawaii's more acclaimed restaurants prefer women in simple dresses and men in khaki-like slacks and button-down shirts.
5.Take long pants and plenty of layering pieces if you plan to summit the volcanoes, because temperatures at the peaks can drop into the 30s. Consider garments made of fleece or breathable nylon, as well as those with water-wicking properties.
6.Pack your sunblock and sunglasses, because the sun's rays are intense here. Bring body lotion to hydrate your skin after sun exposure. 
Bring a carry-on bag that includes everything you might need in case your luggage goes astray: a change of clothes, all medications, spare contact lenses or glasses, all forms of money and any important documents.
Pack to accommodate your needs. Leave superfluous items at home.   

How to Make Mother's Day Flowers

1.Get a container of colored paper cupcake liners and some green construction paper.
2.Cut stems and leaves out of the construction paper.
3.Choose one liner per flower to be the bloom of the flower.
4.Keep the liner standing upright and do not crush it.
5.Glue a cotton ball in the center of the cupcake holder to represent the inside of the flower.
6.Attach the entire flower bloom to the top of the stem with glue.
7.Allow the flower to dry.
8.Write a message on the stem or leaves wishing Mom a happy Mother's Day. 
Make several colored flowers to create a bouquet.
Glue a flower on the front of a card as a festive decoration.
Try gluing a photo of the mother's child in the center of the flower instead of the cotton ball.  Steps:
1.Select some plain paper to use for the dolls.
2.Remember that the key to making connected paper dolls is to always fold in the same direction and leave part of the main fold uncut.
3.Begin by folding the paper in half. Then fold it in half again, making sure that you make the fold on the same side as the first fold.
4.Continue folding in this manner until the paper is the size you desire, usually at least 4 inches wide.
5.Draw your doll shape on the paper. Make sure that parts of the doll will be right against the fold.
6.Cut the outside of the doll first. Next cut parts of the doll out on the folded side.
7.Do not cut all parts of the doll out on the folded side. People often leave the hands and feet against the fold.
8.Open the paper, and you will have a string of dolls connected by the hands and feet. 
Tips: Never fold the paper in a different direction. For example, if you are folding the paper widthwise, do not make a fold lengthwise, or the dolls will not turn out properly. 
Unconnected Paper Dolls

9.Draw a doll design on a heavy piece of paper.
1..Carefully cut the doll out.
1..Decorate the doll with markers or crayons to create a face, clothes and hair.
1..Use the doll as a template to cut out clothes for it from colored paper, wallpaper scraps or material. Leave tabs on the paper on the shoulders and sides to attach the clothes to the doll.
1..Glue pieces of yarn to its head for hair.   

How to Preview a Web Page in FrontPage

1.Start the FrontPage program and open an existing web.
2.Choose Show FrontPage Editor from the Tools menu, or click on the FrontPage Editor icon on the toolbar.
3.Open the page to be viewed.
4.Click on the File menu and choose Preview in Browser.
5.Select a browser from the list and set the view settings. Click OK. The browser will open with the page. 
If the browser you wish to use isn't listed but is located on your computer, click the Add button. Type the name of the browser and locate the command line (ends with .exe - for example: c:/program files/netscape/netscape.exe). Click OK.
Click on the Refresh button in the browser if you make any changes to the page.   

How to Ride a Motorcycle Safely at Night

1.Reduce your speed at night, especially on roads you don't know well. Keep in mind that if there's something lying in the road ahead, you might not spot it until you’re right on top of it.
2.Follow other vehicles at a greater distance, leave more space around you, and allow yourself more room to pass safely when riding at night.
3.Be flexible about your lane position. Change your position as your need to see and be seen changes.
4.Use your high beam whenever you're not following or approaching an oncoming vehicle. Beware that other drivers have a hard time spotting your headlight and taillight due to the glare from stronger lights on other vehicles.
5.Remember that with only one headlight it’s hard to spot difficult road conditions or obstacles in your path. 
Tips: Use the lights on the car ahead to get a better view of the road ahead. Bouncing taillights on the car in front of you indicate bumps in the road or rough pavement. 
Warnings: Remember that it's difficult to judge distance in the darkness, both for you and for other drivers. People rely on shadows and light contrasts to determine the distance and speed of oncoming objects, and these contrasts are distorted or missing at night.   
Overall Warnings: Motorcycling is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.