I just started myself and have already ordered 3 more mixes (it takes so long...and the LBK was just sitting there, empty, after the first batch went to condition!), I just bought a bottle wand and a hygrometer. I've been reading Palmer's How to Brew. Tonight I hooked up my old indoor/outdoor thermometer so that it can simultaneously tell me the room temp for my conditioning and the ferment temp of the LBK.
Yeah, it's easy to get sucked into this hobby/obsession. (and I haven't even been able to taste my first batch yet...how much longer till Oct. 30????)
I'm sure Rick will respond to you soon enough and then all those links will be right there for you. Lot's of great folks here, even if some of them are from Michigan