1.Be creative and sew your own small hearts from red or pink material. Add a border of lace and fill it with batting. Or sew all sides but the top and fill it with candy to make a unique gift bag. Write your valentine message with fabric pen or embroider it for a very special keepsake.
2.Use scraps of fabric you have around the house to add to your paper valentines. Cut fabric with pinking shears to keep the edges from unraveling, or use very sharp scissors for a more detailed and precise cut.
3.Make hearts of different sizes from your fabric and glue them on the covers and insides of your valentines.
4.Try using different textures to add to the look of the card. Corduroy, satin, wool and other materials interesting to the touch will add depth to your valentine.
5.Glue a paper doily on top of a piece of fabric that is the same size as the doily. The fabric will provide a background to the doily and really show off its lace.
6.Cut some fabric in the same size as your card. Glue it to the inside or outside of the card as a background. Glue hearts, small doilies and glitter onto the fabric as you would onto the card to give it a luxurious appearance.
7.Cut thin strips of fabric with your pinking shears and glue them on the card as special striping.
8.Create a quilt cover for your valentine by cutting small squares of different fabrics and gluing them in a quilt arrangement on the cover of your card. If you are very talented, you can make a heart design with the fabric.
1.See "How to Choose the Right Amount of RAM for Your New Computer" to determine how much RAM you need.
2.Check your motherboard manual to see if the motherboard requires a specific type of RAM.
3.Compare limited warranties, which are one-month, one-year, or lifetime. Expect to pay more for better warranties. Get RAM with at least a one-year warranty.
4.Expect to pay more for packaged RAM than for OEM (original equipment manufacturer) RAM, which comes in a baggie.
5.Buy the largest-size DIMMs you can afford, and use as few DIMM sockets as possible so you can add more RAM easily.
6.Buy 100MHz DIMMs even if your motherboard doesn't have a 100MHz bus, if you want to be able to sell the DIMMs or use them in another machine in the future.
DIMMs don't have to be installed in pairs.
DIMMs are sold in multiples of 32MB. All new computers use DIMMs. (DIMMs, or dual in-line memory modules, are the successors of SIMMs, or single in-line memory modules.)
1.Move the person out of direct sunlight, preferably into a cool, shaded area.
2.Stretch the calf and thigh muscles gently through the cramp. This will usually bring immediate relief.
3.Hydrate well, preferably with a diluted sports drink or oral rehydration solution. A teaspoon of salt in a liter of water will also do.
4.Have the person rest quietly.
If you don't have a sports drink or oral rehydration solution, have the person eat lightly salted snacks while drinking water.
Don't massage the cramped muscle - this may increase pain and leave residual tenderness.
Don't use salt tablets to rehydrate, as these are too concentrated and often make people nauseous. Use oral rehydration salts instead.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
1.Look at cordless sanders for their convenience, but remember that they are heavier and require recharging their batteries.
2.Consider a low-speed sander for finer finishes. High-speed sanders leave a rougher finish, but take a lot of material off with little effort.
3.Use the correct sander for small jobs – a palm or hand sander or a sanding block are ideal for intricate woodwork, small corners and detailed edges.
4.Try a belt sander for removing materials from large areas quickly. You might also look into using a finishing or orbital sander with coarse paper.
5.Use a palm-size orbital sander for tight or overhead work.
6.Put a disk sander to work for polishing and grinding jobs. This type is great for removing paint and rust.
Familiarize yourself with your sander. Read the owner's manual carefully and heed all safety suggestions.
Keep the receipt with the manual and other paperwork and send in the warranty card as soon as you get it.
Wear goggles and a dust mask when operating your sander.
1.Decide on a tablecloth first. You don't need to buy a heart-covered tablecloth. A simple lace one will do, or try a plain pink or flowered tablecloth.
2.Purchase a dozen pink or red roses and display them in a crystal vase in the center of the table. Arrange some strings of decorative imitation pearls in swirls around the vase. Place two tall pink candles on either side of the flowers. Set one foil-wrapped heart candy on each plate and tie the napkins with ribbon.
3.Sew Valentine-colored cloth into hearts of different shapes. Stuff the hearts with batting and arrange them in a bowl or basket in the center of the table. Place napkins in simple napkin rings and place a real or silk rose through the holder as well. Set a small Cupid figurine near each plate. Scatter Hershey's kisses around the table.
4.Make several Valentine cards and stand them up in the center of the table. You could also use Valentines created by your children or Valentines that have been given to you. Sprinkle Valentine confetti (shiny little different-colored hearts or Cupids) around and among the cards. Place one small rosebud in a tiny vase or one votive candle in a pink or red votive holder next to each plate.
5.Use your imagination to design your own table. Swaths of lace, tulle, pieces of ribbons, conversation heart candies, paper hearts, lace doilies and any other romantic or frilly objects you happen to have can be added to your table to create a Valentine effect.
Warnings: Avoid using candles if children will be at the table.
1.Get a cardboard box that is big enough to hold your doll, with 3 to 4 extra inches on all sides.
2.Wrap your doll carefully and securely in bubble wrap, paying special attention to the extremities - head, hands and feet. Depending on how fragile the doll is, you may want to wrap the hands and feet separately before wrapping them with the body.
3.Put a 3- to 4-inch layer of packing peanuts in the box.
4.Place the doll carefully on the peanuts.
5.Fill around the doll with additional peanuts - on the sides, at the top and bottom and all the way to the top of the box walls. Fill the box completely.
6.Put a copy of your name and address and the recipient's name and address inside the box, just in case it opens in transit.
7.Close, seal and address the box.
8.Ship it, making sure to fill out all necessary forms for insurance (and customs, if applicable). Don't forget to ask for an approximate arrival date so that you can warn the recipient to be on the lookout.
If your doll has movable eyelids, remove the wig and pate before packing. Put tissue paper inside the head to secure the eyelids so they can't flutter (and get damaged).
Disposable diapers make great packing material, especially for dolls' heads.
If the doll is very old or very fragile (or if it's setting out on a particularly onerous journey), pack as directed above, then put the box in a bigger box with a layer of peanuts all around for extra protection.
1.Start your quest at OutProud (see Related Sites), the Web site of the National Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth. It offers a searchable library of book recommendations and links to other youth-oriented sites, among other things.
2.Find a very nicely designed site as well as some great resources at GAYouth (see Related Sites). It's definitely worth a visit. You can even find contact information for gay youth organizations in your area.
3.Get a good collection of links to gay and lesbian resources of all types from the Youth section of Rainbow Query (see Related Sites).
4.Have a look at Oasis (see Related Sites), an online magazine written by, about and for gay and questioning youth. It features columns, news, poetry and a lot more.
5.Find out how to get involved in activism on behalf of gay youth by visiting the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (see Related Sites). The site also includes information on youth sexual orientation issues and on making schools safer.
Tips: You can find some nice resources for and about gay youth at both major gay portals. Stop by Gay.com and PlanetOut (www.planetout.com).
Warnings: If you share a computer with your parents and don't want them to know what sites you've been visiting, be sure to clear the Web browser's history folder and the cache, or the files that it has stored on your computer (see Related Hows).
1.Notice the shuttlecock coming to your backhand side (your nonracket side) from your ready position. ( Image a.)
2.Pivot on your left foot and step your right foot around in front of your body, so your right shoulder is facing the net (left-handed players should reverse this step).
3.Bend your elbow to draw your right hand across your body, almost to your opposite shoulder, for your backswing. This motion will cause your body to coil up slightly. ( Image b.)
4.Shift your weight to your back foot.
5.Uncoil your body and shift your weight to your forward foot. ( Image c.)
6.Straighten your elbow as you swing. ( Image d.)
7.Snap your wrist forward as your racket face connects with the shuttle, powering through the shot. ( Image e.)
8.Follow through, allowing your wrist to relax and your palm to face upward. ( Image f.) click photos to enlarge
Backhand shots are most often defensive shots, and generally should be hit high and deep.
Practice to make your backhand as strong as your forehand. Otherwise, your opponents will capitalize on your weak side.
1.Reduce the size of government.
2.End income taxes and replace them with user fees.
3.Let people buy and sell goods and services without governmental interference.
4.Repeal minimum wage laws.
5.Repeal current drug laws.
6.Eliminate regulations on sex for consenting adults.
7.Prohibit governmental control over speech on the Internet.
8.Allow border crossings for peaceful people.
Opposing political parties may actually agree on certain principles and issues.
Be aware that there is some disagreement within most political parties on the abortion issue.
Watch or record political TV programs on CSPAN, MSNBC and CNN.
Read the political sections of "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," or other national newspapers. Most are online.
Write or fax your congressperson about issues that concern you.
Warnings: Voters should familiarize themselves with several party platforms before voting or registering with a party.
1.Drink water. This is the best fluid for runners.
2.Quench your thirst, then drink some more, especially during hot weather or heavy training.
3.Consume fluids - two to three cups or more - up to two hours prior to a hard workout or competition.
4.Drink one or two cups of water 5 to 15 minutes before your competition.
5.Drink during running (especially in hot weather) - 8 to 10 ounces for every 15 to 20 minutes of strenuous exercise.
6.Eat watery foods, such as oranges and cucumbers, throughout the day.
7.Replenish your losses after running by consuming any fluids or watery foods you enjoy. Be aware, however, that caffeine and alcohol have a dehydrating effect.
Always drink before you're thirsty. By the time your brain signals thirst, you have lost 1 percent of your body's weight through sweat.
Monitor hydration by weighing yourself before and after you exercise. For every pound you lose, drink at least two cups of fluid.
Make sure you are urinating frequently, a sign you are well-hydrated.
Note your feelings. If you are always tired, headachy or listless, you may be chronically dehydrated.
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.