It's finally done!
I'm satisfied with the new layout. Hope you like it! Definitely took longer than I thought... after deleting my template modifications, I started over on this blog with a different template. A few days working on customizations, and I'm happy again.
Thanks for bearing with the ugly/disorganized interface while I worked on sprucing the place up. I'll be adding a couple more links to the Blogging tab to show you where I went for help. I'm no expert, so I understand how frustrating it can be to customize a blog if you can't read code!!
Thanks for reading.