Flying While Stuck In The Middle Seat

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Not long along on 2 Wired 2 Tired Travels I wrote a post titled, “A View From The Window Seat.” It was a post about how much I enjoy flying and how much I love the window seat. I think it’s amazing to gaze out the window to see everything that we are flying over. I also like having the wall alongside me, it gives me a little extra leaning space without bothering anyone. However, as much as I enjoy the window seat, I’m never very happy to get the middle seat.

Airplane Interior When I find out I’m in the middle seat and I’m not flying with anyone I know, I honestly dread it a little – especially if it’s a long flight. Inevitably it seems, I always end up sitting next to someone who doesn’t seem to respect the space of others. They’ll put up the armrest and suddenly we are sitting shoulder to shoulder. I like my personal space and this always makes me uncomfortable. It’s even worse when they have a cold. Watching them blow their nose then touch everything around them while they are coughing and sneezing makes me want to put up an invisible force field to keep the germs at bay.

Speaking of coughing, sneezing, and germs, I wrote previously about that I’ve partnered with Clorox to write about Clorox Ick-tionary. It’s a really creative site full of funny words and definitions to describe moments of ick in our lives. While looking through the site, I came across the perfect term and definition for my problematic airline seatmates:

Airbola – a germ infested neighbor on the plane

Isn’t that a great fit? How many times have you flown and the person beside you obviously isn’t feeling well and is not doing much to prevent the spread of their germs? You’re trapped on a plane next to them and have to listen to that hacking cough, the constantly runny nose, and the sporadic sneezing for the duration of the flight.

It always makes me long for the window seat even more.

Airplane Airbola is just one term among many in the Clorox Ick-tionary. This fun compilation of funny terms surrounded by comical cartoons and photos truly captures those icky but memorable moments of life. A few of the other terms that made me laugh and had me recalling some our our icky moments include:

  • Air-traffic Control – people who wipe down and disinfect airplane seats and tray tables
  • Ranch Guessing – figuring out which part of your salad stained your shirt
  • Spillates – stretching exercises that tone muscles and improve flexibility when you’re wiping up spills under tables & on countertops
  • ImPAWsible – when your dog gets mud prints on your white couch

As I write about Airbola and the other definitions, it has me thinking about how much kids enjoy things that are icky and messy. Kora & Logan are always asking to do science experiments that are slimy, bubble over, and make a mess in general. That’s why I thought it would be fun to make a Messy Kids Activities Pinterest Board:

The kids and I are going to have a great time with some of those activities and I can’t wait to create some icky and memorable moments this summer!

Take a minute to visit the Pinterest board and also be sure to check out the Clorox Ick-tionary. While there you can get a coupon for 75 cents off any Clorox product while supplies last as well as play games on the Icktionary site for a chance to win a $25 prize. There is also the opportunity to search by the kind of ick you’re facing, to submit your ick, to test your “ick-spertise,” and to learn about how to clean up the ick with solutions from Clorox.

After all this talk of ick I’m sure a few icky but memorable memories have popped up. Be sure to leave them in a comment below to enter to win a fabulous prize!

Share your parenting ick moment for a chance to win $250 for Dad’s Day Out from Clorox! Visit www.icktionary.com to learn the new language for ick and how Clorox® cleaning and laundry products can help you tackle the next icky situation in your home, play games and win coupons while supplies last!

This post is brought to you by The Clorox Company. I have partnered with them to spread the word about Clorox’s Ick-tionary program. To share Ick-tionary terms and real life messes, visit [www.icktionary.com]. All opinions and stories are my own. Official Sweepstakes Rules

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About Tired Mom Tésa

Tésa (pronounced Taysa) is a work-at-home mom who enjoys blogging while raising her family in Cleveland, Ohio. In between naps, Tésa enjoys writing about family life, giving back, food, tech, and travel.

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