Daily Update: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

O Antiphons - December 22

No Saints. Our O Antiphon for today is ”O Rex Gentium”, “O King”, and today is the birthday of my Internet friend Rosa in Arkansas. (1965).

In Latin our Antiphon is ”O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti”, and “O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay” in English. Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 9:6): “For a child has been born for us, a son given us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” and (Isaiah 2:4): “He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Today is also the birthday of my Internet friend Rosa in Arkansas, married to Michael, another Internet friend of mine; the two met via the Internet, and have been happily married for several years now (1965).

Yesterday we got a Christmas Card from Richard’s brother Slug here in town, and while taking my bath I finished reading the November / December 2016 issue of The Bible Today. Our LSU Lady Tigers beat the Little Rock Lady Trojans in College Basketball by the score of 69 to 49; our LSU Lady Tigers (10-2, 0-0) will next play the Alabama State Lady Hornets (1-8, 0-0) on Wednesday, December 28th. And our New Orleans Pelicans lost their NBA game with the Oklahoma City Thunder by the score of 110 to 121.

Richard gathered up the trash and wheeled the trash bin out to the curb. I woke up at 8:45 am, ate my breakfast toast and read the Thursday papers.

Liz Ellen and I left the house at 10:15 am; our first stop was back to the Sacred Heart Shrine at the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church north of town, where we got another wrapped “Please Take” package (I left a $10.00 donation in the box). This one was an inspirational print that I did not care for, so Liz Ellen said she would take it, and I could have the Hope Butterfly she had gotten yesterday from the Shrine. (Thank you, Liz Ellen.) We then went to Cash Magic, where I purchased my Powerball and Louisiana Lotto lottery tickets for Saturday night’s drawing. We then drove to Baton Rouge; the traffic on the Interstate was almost at a standstill some ten miles from the Red Stick. We went to L’Auberge Baton Rouge, where I lost $45 dollars playing Three Card Poker (it’s the first time I have played table games in several years, as opposed to dealing table games, which is what I do for a living.) We then went to Parrain’s Seafood Restaurant, where we had a good meal (stuffed mushrooms to die for as our appetizer, stuffed shrimp for Liz Ellen, and I had The Maurepas (paneed fresh fish filet topped with a pecan meuniere sauce, served with garlic mashed potatoes)), but I left a tip that was less than 15% because it took forever to get our main entree after we had our salads. We then headed back home.

We arrived home at 4:45 pm, and watched the rest of Jeopardy!. Richard went to bed, and at 7:00 pm Liz Ellen and I watched A Charlie Brown Christmas and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales; I then came to the computer to do today’s Daily Update. Our LSU Tigers (8-2, 0-0) are playing the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (8-3, 0-0) in an away College Basketball game; I will record the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow our final O Antiphon will be “O Emmanuel“, and it is the Optional Memorial of Saint John of Kanty, Priest (died 1473). Tomorrow is also Festivus, with its associated rituals. Richard will be going to work to start his work week; I have the day off. At 9:30 am Liz Ellen and I will pick up satsumas, then go to the grocery store, as I need a dozen eggs. When we come home I will boil eggs and make deviled eggs for the Graveyard Shift Pot Luck dinner on Saturday. Liz Ellen and I will then go to Lafayette, eat lunch at Zeus Greek and Lebanese Café. We will then go to Barnes and Noble before coming home. I will go to bed early, as I have to go to work on Christmas Eve. Our New Orleans Pelicans (10-21, 0-6) will be playing a Home NBA game with the Miami Heat (9-20, 3-4); I will record the score of the game in Saturday’s Daily Update.

Our Parting Quote on this Thursday evening comes to us from Christine Cavanaugh, American actress and voice actress. Born as Christine Sandberg in 1963 in Layton, Utah, she was raised as a Mormon, and graduated from high school in 1981. She first attended Utah State University, then the University of Hawaii, where she met her future husband, Kevin Cavanaugh. The couple married in 1985 but divorced later that same year. However she kept his surname as her professional name upon becoming an actress. Her first voice work was as David in the English version of David and the Giant Pearl (1988), and her first acting work was in the television movie Out on the Edge (1989). In 1991 Cavanaugh voiced Gosalyn Mallard, the title character’s adopted daughter on Disney’s Darkwing Duck as well as the voice of Chuckie Finster on the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats and later, in 1994, the voice of Oblina, one of the three main monster-students on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Also in 1994 she was in the movie Mixed Nuts. Cavanaugh could also be heard on The Critic as the voice of Marty, Jay Sherman’s son. Her voice credits included the animated series Sonic the Hedgehog, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Hercules: The Animated Series, The Powerpuff Girls, The Wild Thornberrys, and Recess, as well as the voice of Birdie in McDonald’s commercials. In the early 1990s Cavanaugh also served as an announcer for The Disney Channel for “coming up next” bumpers. In 1995 Cavanaugh lent her voice to the live-action film Babe in the starring role of Babe the Gallant Pig. She showed up on the red carpet at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1996 carrying a pink bejeweled Judith Leiber handbag in the shape of a pig. She was offered to reprise her role for the sequel, Babe: Pig in the City, but decided against it and the role was instead played by her Rugrats co-star Elizabeth Daily, who voiced Tommy Pickles. Also in 1995 Cavanaugh started doing the voice of boy-genius Dexter in Dexter’s Laboratory, which began as a short under Cartoon Network’s What a Cartoon! show and later became the first short to be adapted into its own series for Cartoon Network. She later won an Annie Award in 2000 for her voice performance as Dexter in the hour-long TV special Dexter’s Laboratory: Ego Trip. Cavanaugh also guest starred on several TV shows including Salute Your Shorts, Cheers, Empty Nest, Wings, The X-Files, Everybody Loves Raymond, and ER, and had supporting roles in the feature films Soulmates and Jerry Maguire. Cavanaugh abruptly retired from voice acting in 2001 and returned to her native Utah; she cited as her reason a desire to spend time with her family. After her retirement, she was replaced by Candi Milo as the voice of Dexter and by Nancy Cartwright (her co-star in The Critic) as the voice of Chuckie in Rugrats. She was coaxed out of her retirement a few times to voice Birdie, Chuckie, and Dexter, but her last work was in 2003 (died 2014): “There’s a freedom to voice-over acting. I can do things I could never do on camera. I can be elderly or I can be a baby … or animals. It’s wonderful.”

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