murano island near venice

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Images and text by Gabrielle.

When we were on our trip to Venice, right around New Year’s Eve, we took a day trip to the island of Murano, famed for it’s colored glass. After exploring the island for a couple of hours, we were ready for a break. We stopped in a beautiful plaza, with a line of trees down the center and Italian architecture framing the whole area. It was stunning!

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The trees were enclosed in cement planters that functioned as benches. The kids sat down and made themselves comfortable and we all passed around a bottle of water and just chilled for while.

When we stood up, we realized that our particular bench happened to be a popular spot for dogs. Really popular. Olive, Oscar, Betty and Maude all had poop covered coats. Just smeared all over their backsides. I swear the mess multiplied  in front of our eyes. We kept finding it in new places — on another sleeve, on the back of someone’s shoe. How in the world had we not noticed we were sitting on dog poo?! So gross.

Oh. And did I mention we were on an island? Far from our hotel and access to clean clothes? Not our finest moment. And no, I did not record that grand moment for posterity with our camera. I confess, at the time, it was hard to smile about it. : )

murano island near venice

When Clorox asked if our family had any of our own ick-tionary words, the day on Murano and the word “Puppy Luv” came to mind immediately. I totally say Puppy Luv when referring to that sort of mess. Puppy Luv: When you encounter a little “gift” left by a canine companion. As in: It looks like you’ve got some puppy luv on your sneaker. Or. Turns out our entire family has been sitting in puppy luv for the last half an hour.

I love the whole idea of words that make talking about life’s messy moments a little less gross. I think my favorites from the Clorox Ick-tionary list are:

Clorox Disinfecting Wipes– Heave-hello — when your baby spits up on a person you’re talking to.
– Ew-Phone — the feel of your smart phone after your child has been playing with it.
– French Terry Dip — when one end of your bathrobe belt gets wet in the toilet.

The list is pretty funny. And made me a little queasy too. Hah! There’s nothing like an “icktionary” moment that makes me reach for my disinfecting wipes.

Does your family have any “ick-tionary” words that you’ve made up? I’d love to hear them.

P.S. — I’ve never actually shared my report of our trip to Venice. Still working on it! Consider these photos a sneak peek. : )