I went to the Jacksonville ward this afternoon at 1. I cam with my white shirt and tie on which qualifies me to bless the sacrament. They're short of guys who have the proper authority (either guys that are 17 to 18, or guys like me who are new members), so they were excited to have me do it. It was pretty much the same as it is when I do it at my home ward, but I had to work faster at preparing the sacrament than I usually have to. Normally, I only have to break two pieces of bread during about a two minute period when the sacrament hymn is being sung, but today, I did the bread for the whole congregation (four pieces), so I had to turn myself into a reverent bread breaking machine to get it done in time. The sacrament is a very structured and reverently done thing in the way that is is blessed and passed to the congregation, so it has to be done correctly every time, so I always feel honored to do it, but I'm always that I'll screw up. It went well, and the guy who was working with me told me before the service started that he was a Mills High School student, so we got to talk about all of the teachers that he's taking. How cool to meet another Mills dude at an unlikely place. Sorry to go off on that whole thing, but I wanted to write about it. I can explain how the sacrament works if there are people who wonder, gut otherwise I'll stop here.
I made dinner for my Mom and family tonight. Neil came over, so we kinda worked together on it, so that was kind of cool. I made some really tasty chicken (I'll put the recipe down in a bit), corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and strawberry pie. I used normal chicken breasts (you can leave them frozen or thaw them out a bit). Put garlic salt on both sides of the chicken or any seasoning you want. Take one slice of american cheese and put it on the top of each breast. Then put seasoned bread crumbs on top of the chicken. This will get kinda crunchy, and you'll get some tasty cheese under the crust. Put it in the oven at 375, and cook it for like 15-20 minutes. If you cut into the chicken, and it's cooked all the way through, then you're done. I had the chicken kinda frozen, so I cooked it for 25 minutes. Oh yeah, put some butter in the bottom of the pan so that things don't stick too bad. I was really scared that it wouldn't taste as good as the chicken prepared that way in the Northwest Quad cafeteria, but it was pretty tasty, so I was glad that everyone liked everything I made. I think I'm goind to really like cooking for myself soon, but we'll see what happens when I actually get there. The cooking aspect will be yeat another adventure in the series of adventures I'll have to deal with in the coming months.
I played, and lost, a game of Scrabble game against Neil. Got over 200 points though, so that was kind of neat that I actually scored a lot. I kept getting like lots of vowels, which was annoying, but I squeezed point out somehow.
That's about all from here. Ribs still are hurting, and I had to take some pain meds again. It was pretty panful earlier this morning, and I dread what I'll feel like when I lay down on it. Tomorrow, we're going to organize boxes for Tuesday's move to Oak Ridge. It will be ok, I need to keep telling myself. It'll be fine. More tomorrow.