Loki and Sigyn on Campus

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.


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…


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.


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


Sly little pachyderm!


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.


A cluster of…something.


Ooh!  And Sigyn’s favorites–strawberries!


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,


but I think there’s something wrong with his eyes

Hey, this one looks a little like Flannel Cat.


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


And more examples of ophidian pulchritude!


I very much like the spotted one!

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


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.

silhouette display

Look, Sigyn!  We can play “I Spy.”

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


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


Or this pelican fellow:


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!


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


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.


And another.


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:


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…


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


An orchid…


A morning glory —-with a bonus butterfly!


A maybe a quince?  Or a peony?



Or is this the quince???


An I’m not sure WHAT this one is.


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

Roses seem to be well-represented.


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


The detailon some of these vitreous nosegays is amazing.


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


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.


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

millefiori flowers

How did they get all of those in there??

This one has all the flowers in a basket.


This is what it looks like from above.


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.)


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


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.


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

More to come!

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part I: Seasonal Sparklies

Sigyn and I have a little Yule tradition of our own.  Rather than exchanging gifts, we like to go to a museum as a special treat.  Sigyn is a huge fan of glass paperweights, and one of the art museums on campus has a collection that they rotate through the display cases, so that is where we usually end up.

And here we are!  Look Sigyn, the whole glass area of the museum is paperweights this time!  We’ve hit the paperweight motherlode!


Some of these look like very fancy candy, don’t they, Sigyn?  Pepperminty!


I wouldn’t recommend licking one, though.

The tag on this one says it’s a dahlia flower, but it looks plenty poinsettiaty to me.


Ooo!  Look at this green one!  It’s all sharp edges.  I like it.


They say this one is lei-style, with all the little flowery bits in lines.


Sigyn thinks it looks like ribbon candy.  She’s not wrong!  (Still wouldn’t lick it, though.)

Oh, and I guess if you don’t celebrate yule, this one might be for you.


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All Part of My Master Plan…

I do not care for Midgardian sports much.  Football least of all.   All that striving and contending and scrambling about and tackling and hitting and bloodshed —and nothing is actually won!  No lands change hands, no rulers are overthrown, and all the combatants just get up and walk away.  No one passes to Valhalla.  It’s pointless.

However, recent events have convinced me that perhaps I should pay a little more attention.  This.  This happened.

Odin’s Eyepatch!  That is a magnificent and tempting sum!  I think I now know how to significantly advance my plans for world domination, beginning with this University.

  1. Obtain the position of next Head Coach of the University’s football team
  2. Encourage my warriors to fight fiercely and triumph for about three years
  3. Let the reins slip a bit so that the win/loss ratio tumbles
  4. Insist that the team change its uniform colors from maroon and white to green and gold
  5. Channel the outrage at the University (and the Smaller University Up the River, whose colors are green and gold) into getting myself fired
  6. Collect a handsome remuneration for being shown the door

I’ve been over this plan a dozen times and can’t find a flaw.

I’m going to need bigger coffers.

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