So, the template is up and working. I got it to a point where I am satisfied for now. It's called Blue Cosmos by Lasantha Bandara. There is still some tweaking to be done, but I'll continue to fiddle with it over the next couple days.
Personally, since I am using blogger, I'd like to get to blogger bar back as a courtesy, but its no biggie. And I realize the title is two lines and all jammed together, I haven't figured that one out either yet. But, I figure I'll try replacing it with a banner soon enough. I also want to lessen some of padding space at the top of the page and between posts, it seems kind of far.
As far as the widgets and gadgets though, they all look good. I like the bar going across the top of the body, the subscription and twitter buttons, and the placement of the ads and stuff info on the sidebars.