Loki and Sigyn on Campus

Slightly Better-Smelling and Definitely Chic

Thank the Norns, Sigyn has finally come down from out of that nasty grape-smelling tree!  I’m sorry, my love, my admiration for you knows no bounds and normally, I’d have no problem spending the afternoon hanging out with you, but Sleipnir’s fetlocks!  Not in that thing.

Do come look over here, dearest.  I found some flowers that I bet you will enjoy.

See?

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Are they not majestic?  They’re a bit like the ones we have at the house, but much taller, and a bit more yellow about the middle.

Would you like me to get you one of the flowers?  Grounds Maintenance is sure to disapprove, but I don’t care.  If you want one, I will pick it for you.

Great Frigga’s hairpins!

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It’s nearly as large as you!

What’s that?  Smell it?  Um, you know that you and I have very different ideas when it comes to the olfactory suitability of botanicals, yes?  But very well.

Anything for you.

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Snrff. Snrff.  It’s very strong, and very purfumey.  Puts me in mind of fancy bath salts or something.  But definitely better than that purple-flowered monstrosity from yesterday!

The cup shape in the middle, though…  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?

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You were!  Delightful, my sweet.  You are springtime personified.

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A Rather Smelly Dangle

Five or so years ago, the human female dragged Sigyn and me all over campus, showing us the all of the flowering trees and shrubs.  Sigyn and I did not exactly agree about the merits of the various floral entities.  Take this one, for example:

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First of all, it has a stupid name.  It doesn’t grow only in Texas, we are nowhere near the mountains, it is not a laurel—or even a mountain laurel.

The second part of its slanty name, “secundiflora” is supposed to indicate flowers that are all on one side of the branch.

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Even before Sigyn started climbing around in this flower cluster, it certainly wasn’t one-sided.

And then there’s the smell.  Sigyn thinks it’s “heavenly.”  Five years ago, I thought it smelled like fake grape Kool-aid.

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Now I think it smells like spoiled fake grape Kool-aid.  Bleargh.

It’s blooming a month or so early, too, so it could get started ruining my spring sooner.

Enjoy your rancid air-freshener, Sigyn, I’m going to go see what else is in flower.  Unless the campus has started planting skunk cabbage, I’m sure I can find something.

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Zooward, Ho!, Part IV: Curiosities from the Antipodes

Sigyn is quite keen to visit the Australia exhibit and study some “cuddlies from Down Under,” as she puts it.

So now the high-pitched noise you hear is my beloved squeeing at the tiny baby joey this mother kangaroo is carrying.

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She’s so excited that she’s forgotten that she has a camera and could capture this precious moment.

Wait…  Something’s going on!  The mother kangaroo is fishing in her pouch and…

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She’s letting Sigyn hold her baby!  Sigyn will be talking about this for months!  I have picked up the dropped camera and now have a photo to prove it really happened. 

It was only with great difficulty that I was able to pry Sigyn from the previous exhibit.

Great Frigga’s corset!  Look, my love! It is quite unusual to see a koala eschew its accustomed arboreal habitat.

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It’s even rarer to find one that has evolved a removable nose!

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Sly little pachyderm!

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I think we’d best alert zoo staff that one of their African Savannah animals has gone walkabout…

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part V: A Vitreous Lunch, With Some Guests.

All of this glass-gazing and boosting Sigyn up and down have given me an appetite.  All of these fruity paperweights aren’t helping.  Look at all of them!

Apples and pears.

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A cluster of…something.

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Ooh!  And Sigyn’s favorites–strawberries!

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Don’t eat the green ones. They’re not ripe yet.

Our repast has drawn the attention of some critters (none of whom are vegetarians, but whatever.)

This dragonfly has lacy wings,

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but I think there’s something wrong with his eyes

Hey, this one looks a little like Flannel Cat.

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Oh, now we’re talking!  Look at this venomous little beauty!

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And more examples of ophidian pulchritude!

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I very much like the spotted one!

And if you look very closely, there’s a little feathery friend for Sigyn here:

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Let’s make sure he doesn’t end up in the same case as the cat.  It looks a little hungry

Well, my dear, did you have a good trip to the museum?  You did?  I’m so glad.  Happy Yule, little one.

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part IV: I See a Little Silhouetto

This exhibit is sorted by them or type.  Here’s a whole case full of paperweights that have silhouettes in them.

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Look, Sigyn!  We can play “I Spy.”

I spy, with my little eye, a weiner dog and two little chickens…

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Some of the shapes are easily recognizable.  Like this long-tailed tree rat.

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Or this pelican fellow:

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The sign says this one is a goat.  Sigyn says it’s a giraffe with short legs.  Either way, the critter has righteous horns. Two thumbs way up!

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This one is supposed to be a horse.  I don’t see it…

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Sleipnir’s fetlocks!  Now I do! The one in the middle is not a silhouette.  It’s a face-on view of a horse with a white blaze.  But what are all the other little shapes?

Perhaps I should bypass the alarm and take some of the more problematic ones home with me to puzzle over at leisure.  Sigyn, which one do you want?

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part III: A Glass Garden

In the last case, we saw a paperweight that had a lamp-work flower in the middle of the little flowery cut canes.  Here’s another one.

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And another.

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It’s obvious the human female did NOT get a new camera for yule.

Some of the flowers are sort of…generic.  Take this white one:

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That could be almost anything.

But quite a few of the paperweights on display have flowers so perfectly wrought that Sigyn can tell what they are meant to be!

There’s a waterlily…

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And some violets… (Thanks for boosting Sigyn up, mortal.)

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An orchid…

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A morning glory —-with a bonus butterfly!

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A maybe a quince?  Or a peony?

 

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Or is this the quince???

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An I’m not sure WHAT this one is.

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(Fine, maybe they’re not all botanically correct.)

Roses seem to be well-represented.

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And then there are a number of bouquets.  Sigyn likes this one because of the blue Veronica flowers.

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The detailon some of these vitreous nosegays is amazing.

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Sigyn says they look real enough to smell.  Know what they smell like Sigyn?

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Silicon dioxide with traces of impurities. 

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part II: I Don’t Know Who Millie Is, But She Has Lots of Flowers

Not all of the paperweights are holiday-themed.  There are a number of the Millie fiori sort.  Sigyn is just fascinated by all the little flowery slices.

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I have seen candy that looks like those.  But again, Sigyn, these are not for eating.

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How did they get all of those in there??

This one has all the flowers in a basket.

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This is what it looks like from above.

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Sigyn really likes this one.  She says the hearts and pansies would be good for Valentine’s Day.  (We might have to come back and look at this again.)

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This one has a lamp-work flower in the middle of the tiny flowers.

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Ehehehehe!  Looks like someone just swept up all the bits and schnibbles after making all the other paperweights and jammed them all in one big blob.

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Probably what it would look like if the human female tried her hand at this…

More to come!

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