Mommy trick one: "Do you know how when you go to visit Jamie and he has a cat and your eyes get red and sore when you play over there? That's called an allergy. You can't be near cats, right? You'll get all stuffed up and it's hard to breathe. You remember when Mommy explained to you that if you play near Jamie's cats you'll get sick because of your allergies? It's like that for mommy with Barney. Mommie can't be anywhere near Barney because he's like a cat for her, and she will get sick. You don't want mommy to get sick, do you?
Yes, even when he's in the television."
Mommy trick two: In my home town, which is a whole time zone away from the east coast, we get east coast television. Don't ask me why. Consequently, we get our television shows a whole two hours before "the real" time. How handy this is for me at New Year's! "It's midnight. Wasn't that fun? Dick Clark still looks so young, doesn't he. That was the best New Year's celebration ever! Didn't we have a good time? You must be so tired. So is mommy. You promised that you would go straight to bed if I let you stay up to ring in the new year." Previously spotted: Saucy running around the house, setting all the digital clocks ahead by two hours.