Since it's been a while since anyone has posted on this forum, just thought I'd post something.
Finally put my order in thats been in the cart on that fateful freeday. added a couple extra things to it as well since I have a mini project going.
Opted to get the polulu trex motor driver as well since my hbridge attempt has yet to work(though I haven't tried to trouble shoot it for a while) .
Got a couple of 20x2's to see what they are like and since they had some sweet hw access. Grabbed a couple of atmel 2313's since they have built in uarts.