22 December, 2010

Awards, Deck The Halls, Eclipse, Arctic Dinos, Congress, Christmas

Last week I received three awards, which I never passed on; I don't like not awarding people after I've been award because it makes me feel like I'm taking too much and not giving back to you wonderful bloggers.

So, in the Christmas spirit (and maybe a little of the I-have-trouble-deciding-who-to-award-when-faced-with-such-issues spirit) I'm awarding all of my followers. Feel free to browse through the Awards page and take any award you want. :)


I have to direct you to this video that Summer posted yesterday--it is hilarious!

Animals of YouTube Sing Deck The Halls


(If you thought of Taylor Lautner when you saw my title, I'm afraid you're going to have to look elsewhere.)

Did any of you see the eclipse on Tuesday morning? I got up at 2:30 but it was all clouds and absolutely no sky. Darn. First time in 456 years that the total eclipse falls on the winter solstice, too, and it has to be cloudy.



Arctic dinosaurs (because who can resist carnivorous, herborivous, possibly-warm-blooded, big, and scaled, bones-that-got-stuck-in-permafrost creatures):

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA.


The lame duck Congress is turning out to be non-lame.

Tax cuts for the middle class. (And the upper-class, but I don't see that as being particularly noteworthy.) Unemployment benefits. The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Food safety. And they say that the START treaty will pass with a "healthy margin"--yes!

(Personally, I don't see why people are so resistant to cutting back on the number of nuclear weapons we have. The USA and Russia could kill millions--billions, if they targeted the right place--of people; why would anyone want to support continuing that level of potential damage?)


House decorated for Christmas. Jeffreys Bay, E...Image via Wikipedia

(Before you ask--no, that's not our cat. But I couldn't resist.)


(Although I doubt it's like you didn't know that by now, what with all the excitement going around . . . LOL.)

-----The Golden Eagle
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Summer Ross said...

Great pictures! Thank you for the shout out on my post I'm very glad you liked it.

I don't pay much attention to the news so I'm not sure if I would agree or not, but you have a good point about the nuclear weapons.

happy holidays and I hope it brings you wonderful memories to carry you into the new year.

Kari Marie said...

Love the pics, got me in a very Christmas-y mood. Happy Holidays!

The Golden Eagle said...

Summer: You're welcome--it's a great video!

I just don't see why . . . but it's just the usual politics and the politicians, I guess.

You too, Summer! :)

Kari: Glad you enjoyed them!

Same to you, Kari!

Caroline said...

I was supposed to see the lunar eclipse, but my sister's alarm didn't go off, so she didn't wake me up.=( That figures, too....:)

Oh, and if I don't get another chance to say it, Merry Christmas, Golden Eagle!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Gorgeous photos. And from the looks of it, that could be OUR cat!

Madeleine said...

Wow what a wonderful collection of awards you have. My favs are the fearless follower and prolofic blogger.
I didn't catch the eclipse, but the sky lit up when we had an amazing winter thunderstorm. I had to eat humble pie as I'd told hubby there was no such thing as a winter storm HAPPY CHRISTMAS ;O)

Mary Mary said...

I love the one of the snow covered tree! So Christmasy! Have a great holiday season!

Old Kitty said...

I would have loved to have seen the lunar eclipse but I enjoyed all the pics - FANTASTIC!!!

Oh YAY for the Animals of YouTube sing Deck the Halls!! I love it - it always always cheers me up!!! Yay!!! Bah -humbug to the few hundred who said they disliked it!! All I can say to them is "come on - turn that frown upside down - you know you want to!"LOL!

Thanks for the fab pics!!!

Go Congress!! Yes we can!

Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We had clouds the other night, so I missed the eclipse. Okay, that and I wasn't standing outside to see it at one in the morning.
Have an awesome Christmas!

N. R. Williams said...

I love this post. I had to call my grandson in to watch the dinosaurs. His two most favorite things on earth are dinosaurs and trains. Sorry I missed your other post.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

The Words Crafter said...

I slept through the eclipse :( But, I watched part of the Nova special. How fascinating! I wonder how much more we would know if the original bone had been analyzed right away?


Paul C said...

I saw the NOVA special on Arctic dinosaurs too and was enthralled. Like finding fossilized forests in northern Ellesmere Island under a retreating glacier- fascinating.

Jemi Fraser said...

You have the best pictures today!! I LOVE the outdoor tree with lights and snow - perfect :)

Have a wonderful Christmas season - enjoy all the moments!

Deepali said...

The pics are great, and I'm just excited to have tomorrow off as well.
Thanks for reminding me that the outdoor trees are always the best :)

Jayne said...

I love the mix of things that have taken your eye on this post. Congrats on your awards, and I love the Christmas pictures you have shared with us. :)

Jules said...

Summers video was hilarious! Wonderful take on congress. I loved your pictures, especially the fiber-optic tree.

Peace my child and happy holidays :D
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

laughingwolf said...

holiday blessings to you and yours, m'dear :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I loved this post. It's like my mind, filled with all sorts of different things.

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve :)

Misha1989 said...

Thanks for posting the pictures! In don't live in USA , so I can't comment on anything :)

Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas!

Hart Johnson said...

I dropped in to say Happy Birthday!! But really enjoyed your post, too--sounds like you and I have seriously overlapping politics--I, too have been glad for the unlamenizing Congress seems to be experiencing. I am to cynical to think it will last, but at least there is some good.

I didn't even get up for the eclipse--I KNEW it would be too cloudy, but still thought it was very cool to have a lunar eclipse on the solstice.

The Golden Eagle said...

Caroline: LOL. I set my alarm clock--no worries about sisters here. :D

Merry Christmas, Caroline!

L. Diane: Ours, too!

Madeleine: Thanks! Feel free to take one if you want to. :)

It sounds like it was a pretty amazing storm . . .

You too!

Mary: I love snow-covered trees! There's something magical about them.

Old Kitty: There are some amazing pictures of the eclipse out there--have you seen the one with the Empire State Building?

Yeah, come on you frowners! Grin instead! :D

You're welcome!


Alex: LOL. I almost didn't get up, but then I thought, 456 years you know . . . which pretty much cinched it for me.

Same to you!

Nancy: I hope your grandson enjoyed the dinosaurs! :)

Nah, that's okay--I've been missing posts as well, even though traffic's down these days.

The Words Crafter: Well, there's another eclipse in 2094--wanna watch it together? ;)

I know! It would have been interesting to find out . . .

You're welcome!

Paul: I love new discoveries--they can reveal so much!

Jemi: Thanks, Jemi! :)

You too!

The Golden Eagle said...

Deepali: Thanks, and I hope you have a great time off!

I agree--indoor trees are all well and good, but there's something wonderful about ones outside . . .

Jayne: I'm glad you liked my post!

Thank you!

Jules: I thought so too--LOL.

Thank you!

It looked cool, to me. Plus, we actually have a green fiber-optic on that used to work, only I think it broke . . .

You too, Jules! Happy Holidays!

Laughingwolf: Same to you! :)

Carol: I love putting together posts like these.

I KNOW. :D Hurray!

Misha: You're welcome!

Well, feel free to weigh in our messy, wacky, strange, irrational, weird politics anyway. :P

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Hart: Thanks, Hart! :)

I'm glad you liked my post--yes, even if this kind of movement in the Congress isn't going to last, at least it's happening now, no matter how short it will be!

I thought so, too; it was cloudy when I went to sleep, but you never know . . . LOL. It didn't pay off that time, unfortunately.

Maria McKenzie said...

Beautiful pictures! I'm not sure what our weather was like, but I missed the eclipse--slept right through it:(. Have a great Christmas!

Helen Ginger said...

Christmas is upon us. Time to start cooking. Just hope I don't have a last minute trip to grocery store.

Merry Christmas and a Fabulous New Year.

Clarissa Draper said...

Great pics. And I just love the chart that explains the lunar eclipse.


Holly Ruggiero said...

I missed the eclipse. Have a great holiday.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Love those holiday pics, esp. the first one--I wish my house looked like that! Thanks for being such a faithful commenter on my blog. I appreciate you and your comments. Have a glorious holiday!! :-)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome pictures! Merry Christmas!

Brian said...

The video with the cats was so much fun! We missed the eclipse and slept right through it. I hope you have one terrific holiday season!!!

Milli said...

The cat picture is so adorable :D I didn't see the eclipse either. Not because it was cloudy, but because I set my alarm clock and slept through it(sleeping through an eclipse that comes around every 300 something years. that's something to tell your grandkids isn't is? lol). Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

I missed the eclipse. I was out of town, but where I was it was cloudy.

Those dinosaurs are pretty cool.

Happy holidays.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the wonderful Christmas music, and pictures.
Merry Christmas!!!

The Golden Eagle said...

Maria: Glad you like them!

Aw, too bad--but it might have been cloudy anyway. :P

Merry Christmas!

Helen: Thankfully I don't do much cooking! I hope you don't end up running to the grocery store--that's no fun.

You too, Helen!

Clarissa: I thought it was a cool diagram. :D

Holly: Ah well. There shall be more! LOL.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season as well1

Shannon: Well, once I saw a picture of a house with the words DITTO written in lights, and the house next door was all decked out. :D

You're welcome--I'm always drawn to reading your posts and commenting!

You too!

Nicole: I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures! :)

Happy Holidays!

Brian: LOL.

Well, at least you got some sleep. :)

Same to you, Brian!

Milli: I thought it was cute, too.

Oh, I can see that. "Grandma! Did you see the eclipse?" "No." "Why?" "It was cloudy." "Phooey."

You too, Milli. :D

Medeia: Too bad you were out of town!

I'm not a dinosaur fanatic or anything, but I do find them interesting.

Happy Holidays to you, too, Medeia!

Tyrean: You're welcome!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!