1.Be prepared, Bali is sheltered from the turmoil other parts of Indonesia can experience. Rich in natural and cultural beauty, the island offers myriad outdoor activities - but luxury and relaxation don't come cheap.
2.Fly Singapore Airlines (call (800) 742-3333) to Denpasar, and book through Asian Affair Holidays (call (800) 742-3133), which runs fantastic round-trip airfare specials with five-night accommodations for as little as $1,200 U.S.
3.Stay in one of the deluxe Begawan Giri Estate villas in Ubud, Bali's famous artist and craftsperson town in the rice-terraced mountainous interior.
4.Stroll the sculpted gardens of Begawan Giri (Wise Man's Mountain), swim in placid pools and marvel at the luxurious carved wood furniture and villa architecture.
5.Enjoy the world-class golf and surfing beaches while renting an authentic Balinese villa through Bali Vacation Properties (see Related Sites).
6.Prepare for heat, humidity and mosquitoes (mostly at night). Wear light clothing and a bathing suit where appropriate, and long-sleeved shirts and long cotton pants at night to ward off possible malaria-infested mosquitoes (see Warnings).
7.Drink Bintang (Star) beer, Bali's own brew. Cool down in the shade and rehydrate with some bottled water whenever possible.
If staying in an open air bungalow (recommended), make sure you have a bed with mosquito netting, and burn mosquito coils to keep the critters away.
Hire a day boat from Sanur to take you to the tiny island of Nusa Lembongan for fantastic snorkeling in the shallow bay.
Flag a bimo (taxi) and visit the lake and volcano regions and their many temples. A bimo can be as cheap as $10 per day.
Getting to Bali is usually your major expense, so eat and drink well as long as the U.S. dollar is strong against the rupiah.
Get a massage often (it costs as little as $5 per hour).
Check with your local county health agency to see if anti-malarial medication and any other shots are recommended.
Wear reef shoes/booties if you plan to surf or walk over the reef. Sea snakes live there, and cuts and scrapes can become infected if not scrubbed and kept clean.
1.Start your preschoolers off with a safe and mellow Nerf sports ball ($6). This is the good ol' Nerf you remember – a bouncing, brightly colored foam ball that's safe to play with in the house. Or try the Nerf Basketball Ball and Hoop ($7) to encourage eye-hand coordination.
2.Graduate to "heavy" weapons that shoot balls, darts, and arrows when your kids reach the age of 6. These toys have gained popularity with certain adults as well.
3.Try the Nerf SuperMAXX 750, 1500, or 3000 models. These work like a Super Soaker gun, using air pressure to rapid-fire multiple darts. The Nerf Wild Fire Automatic Blaster ($30) allows for single-shot or multiple-shot firing - up to 20 darts at a time.
4.Shoot six darts or arrows with the Arrowstorm ($20). If you like that one, try the Sharpshooter II ($16), a double-barrel pistol that can alternate firing barrels. The Laser Fang ($15) pistol has a groovy laser sight on it.
5.Reconsider the original Nerf Bow and Arrow ($8) for children under age 10 - it's difficult to load. Try the Crossbow ($20) instead. A cocking mechanism makes this gun much easier to handle. The Crossbow shoots arrows or darts, as does the Defender T3 ($25). The Big Bad Bow has a silly name, but its range is better than the Bow and Arrow's.
6.Sling darts with the Secret Shot ($10), Sawtooth ($20), and RatchetBlast ($15). These semi-automatics hold and shoot multiple darts. The Warthog ($10) fires micro darts, and you can store spares in the handle.
7.Blast up to six balls at your opponent with a Nerf Pulsator Blaster ($20).
8.Fire three kinds of ammo - arrows, darts, and micro darts - with a Nerf Tripletorch ($10).
9.Grab some spare ammo. Airjet Power Mega or Micro Darts, Ballistic Balls, and Arrows ($4 per pack) make a good extra gift. Balls are the easiest to lose. Be sure the ammo is compatible with your weapon.
1..Can't play in the house? Try the Nerf Jr. Foam Blaster or Nerf ArenaBlast CD-ROM for Windows ($30 each). The Nerf Jr. Foam Blaster includes a PC Nerf Blaster, which plugs into your PC. Nerf ArenaBlast is a 3-D game that can be played alone or in Internet multiplayer environments.
1..Purchase these toys through the shopping list below or at any large toy store.
Food, Clothing and Entertainment
1.Shop at discount grocers. Remember to clip coupons and shop on double-coupon days.
2.Cook for yourself as much as you can. If you're living in a dorm, sign up for the meal plan - it's almost certainly cheaper than eating out.
3.Eat vegetable protein instead of meat. Beans and tofu are excellent sources of high-quality protein and cost less than meat.
4.Shop at used clothing stores. Used clothes are far, far cheaper than new clothes, and you can find funky stuff that you wouldn't find elsewhere. When you do buy new clothes, buy quality: the money you spend now will ultimately save you money down the line.
5.Learn to sew. This can stretch out the life of your current clothes almost indefinitely.
6.Go to matinees instead of evening shows and patronize movie theaters that offer student discounts.
7.Buy used CDs and books instead of new ones.
8.Exercise discipline. Do you really "need" that extra pair of shoes or that dinner at a pricey restaurant?
Housing and Transportation
9.Share an apartment or house with others. Splitting costs will save a lot of money.
1..Consider living in the dorms; they're often the cheapest option.
1..Try to live without a car if you can.
1..Buy monthly passes for whatever public transit you ride.
1..Ride a bike. It's cheap - and an excellent way to get exercise.
1..Join a credit union. Credit unions frequently offer low-interest loans.
1..Check with your financial aid office for information on getting a low-interest student loan.
1..Pay cash for whatever you buy. Credit card debt, once it piles up, can take a huge chunk of your income in interest alone.
Overall Tips: Try to walk the line between financial responsibility and unhealthy self-denial. For example, don't sacrifice a balanced diet to save money.
1.Try out the grass catcher. It should be easy to remove, dump and replace.
2.Give the cutting height adjuster a try. Some are very easy to use; others require changing the setting on each wheel.
3.Remember that you'll have to mow more frequently because most push mowers can't handle grass taller than 3 inches.
4.Make sure the handle is comfortable for you.
5.Expect to pay between $30 and $150 for a push mower, depending on features.
Tips: Remember that mulching isn't possible with a push mower.
1.Pick a turkey big enough for your needs, keeping in mind that one serving is approximately 1 lb.
2.Place the turkey, still frozen, in a covered roaster and place directly into a preheated 400 degree F oven.
3.Cook a 6 - 7 lb. turkey for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
4.Cook a 8 - 9 lb. turkey for 3 1/2 to 3 3/4 hours.
5.Cook a 10 - 11 lb. turkey for 3 3/4 to 4 hours.
6.Cook a 12 - 13 lb. turkey for 4 to 4 1/4 hours.
7.Cook a 14 - 15 lb. turkey for 4 1/2 to 4 3/4 hours.
8.Cook a 16 -17 lb. turkey for 4 3/4 to 5 hours.
9.Let turkey rest 20 minutes.
10.Carve and serve.
Tips: As an alternative to using a covered roaster, you can also roast a frozen stuffed turkey with a foil cap.
Warnings: Never, ever defrost a frozen stuffed turkey. The interaction of the thawing stuffing with the turkey meat causes bacteria to form, so the cooking process, which destroys the bacteria, needs to be started immediately.
1.Shuck clams. (See the Related How "How to Shuck Clams.")
2.Place clams in cold water and rinse two to three times.
3.Dry thoroughly, shaking off water, and place clams between two towels.
4.Make sure clams are completely dry before frying, or the oil will spatter.
5.Heat 2 to 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 to 375 degrees F in a deep pan. Test temperature with a deep-frying thermometer.
6.Mix flour, salt, pepper and baking soda in a bowl.
7.Coat a few clams by dipping them in the breading mixture. Shake gently to remove excess flour.
8.Place a few clams at a time into a frying basket and lower into hot oil. Cook for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes, or until clams are lightly browned.
9.Stand back from the fryer during cooking to avoid spattering oil.
1..Lift clams out of oil.
1..Drain on paper towels.
1..Serve with a dipping sauce. (Try the Cajun remoulade or marinara sauce in the Related Hows.)
Deep-frying can be tricky for the beginner. Make sure you accurately gauge the temperature of the oil, use a large pot for frying, and don't add too many clams to the oil at once (they will lower the temperature of the oil, resulting in greasy clams).
If you don't have a deep-frying thermometer, drop a piece of batter into the oil. If it sinks halfway and then quickly rises to the top and bubbles, the oil is ready. (If you're a novice fryer, though, it's best to invest in a thermometer. Accurate temperature control is the most important element of deep-fat frying.)
Warnings: Always be careful when handling hot oil.
1.Determine the best time to view fall foliage in your area. The color season runs from late September to as late as early November, depending on the location. You can usually trace the path of changing colors from the northwest to the southeast - in general, the farther north and the higher in elevation, the earlier the color show.
2.Make reservations for lodging in advance if you're planning to visit a popular area during peak leaf season, especially New England. Other areas may not be as crowded, but reservations may be advisable for busy weekends.
3.Take as little as an afternoon to make a leisurely drive through a neighboring area; plan for a weekend getaway in the midst of fall color; or arrange a longer trip to take in other highlights and local events.
4.Check for special fall foliage excursions. Narrow-gauge railroads, for instance, often offer leaf-peeping trips.
5.Learn to identify the brilliant fall trees and how they vary from region to region - aspens in the Rockies, maples and oaks in New England. This makes your outing even more enjoyable.
Find out the latest information about color in some of the most popular regions by contacting a local fall foliage hotline (many states have toll-free numbers with up-to-date color forecasts), or call the National Forest Service's Fall Color Hotline at (800) 354-4595.
No matter where you're traveling, be prepared for changeable weather. The best fall color is triggered by warm, sunny days and cool to cold nights.
Plan for comfort as well; you'll likely be in a car for lengthy periods, but will also want to get out to explore scenic viewpoints, colorful hikes, points of interest and fall festivals.
1.Ask your veterinarian or pet groomer for references, or check the yellow pages for a pet sitter.
2.Call Pet Sitters International, at (800) 268-SITS, or the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, at (800) 296-PETS.
3.Have the potential sitter come to your home for an interview. Introduce your pet, to gauge both parties’ reactions. If your pet is a dog, have them go for a walk to see how the sitter handles your dog on a leash.
4.Determine how the potential sitter would handle problems such as a medical emergency or the escape of your pet.
5.Expect the potential sitter to ask you if your pet’s vaccinations are up-to-date, how your pet behaves when he is out among other animals and people, and what to do if the sitter must suddenly leave the job before you have returned home.
6.Once you’ve selected a sitter, provide him or her with the names, phone numbers and addresses of your pet’s regular veterinarian, the closest emergency veterinary hospital, a nearby friend, and the place where you can be reached.
7.Go over what and when to feed your pet, any medications to be given, and the duration and preferred location of outings.
Tips: Pet sitters should be bonded or insured for their protection and yours.
1.Go to a running-shoe store and ask if they have a list of local running clubs or other runners seeking partners.
2.Start your own running club or list if you can't locate ones to join.
3.Mix it up at the trailheads. Talk to other trail runners to see if they're interested in training with you.
4.Take a hike with a local outdoor recreation group. Often you'll find runners among the members.
5.Take an outdoor recreation class at a community college. Other trail runners flock to such settings.
6.Put an ad in the classifieds or post your name, phone number and desire to meet fellow trail runners on local bulletin boards. Best posting sites: running-shoe stores, outdoor outfitters and health-food stores.
7.Enter a trail-running race. You'll find fellow trail devotees of all abilities.
8.Convince a road runner to accompany you on a trail (even if it's "just this once"). Athletes from other sports are often just as easily persuaded.
9.Get a dog to accompany you until you find a reliable, compatible partner.
Tips: Choose your trail-running partners wisely. Consider your similarities and differences, especially your typical running pace and the kinds of trails you prefer.
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.
Body and Legs
1.Turn one sock wrong-side out.
2.Lay the sock flat and mark a center line from the heel to the top of the sock.
3.Measure 3 inches up from the heel and mark a line across the sock. This will form the legs.
4.Begin at your 3-inch line, and stitch a line 1/4 inch away from the right side of the center line.
5.Stop 1/4 inch from the top of the sock.
6.Turn the sock and stitch across the top of the sock to the outside edge to form the right leg.
7.Repeat steps 4 to 6 on the left side of the line for the left leg.
8.Cut on the center line to separate into legs.
9.Turn the sock right-side out and stuff.
1..Whipstitch the opening between the legs closed after the body and legs are stuffed.
Mouth, Hat, Tail, Arms and Ears
1..Cut off the white and red heel from the second sock, leaving an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance. This will make the mouth.
1..Cut off the toe of the second sock to make the hat.
1..Divide the top of the second sock into three equal sections. One long section from the top to bottom of the entire sock will be the tail. The other two sections need to be from the heel to the top of the sock and rounded at the top to make the hands.
1..Cut out each section.
1..Pin the right sides together, and sew using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn right-side out and stuff.
1..Draw two half circles on the remaining sock material, and cut out for the ears.
1..Sew right sides together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, and leave a small opening to turn material and stuff.
Attaching the Parts
1..Place the mouth on the monkey's face about 1 inch below the white edge of the sock. Whipstitch into place leaving a small opening to stuff, then stitch closed.
1..Place the ears on each side of the monkey's head and whipstitch into place.
2..Stitch the tail on the seat of the monkey in the center of the red heel. Whipstitch the arms at the body sides.
2..Tack the hat on top of the head.
2..Embroider eyes, a line across the mouth, and nostrils.
Overall Tips: Have fun and dress your monkey however you want, adding flowers, hair, hat, clothes - just about anything to make it your own creation.
Overall Warnings: Do not use anything that can be removed and placed in a baby's or toddler's mouth if you're making the doll for a small child.