I forgot to post earlier, but earlier this month I completed my GIAC GCFW certification. I am currently aiming at the GSE-C (and possibly the GSE), so this is one step along the way. Now I am jamming the GCIH material in my head that I had in a Community SANS even earlier this year.
BTW, I will be leading a mentored SEC 401 (GSEC) class in the Dallas area starting in December. Check the SANS sight for more details if you are interested in attending. You will get my focused attention over a 10 week period to help you learn a wide range of great basic security information! The course really does live up to its Security Basics title.
I recommend it even if you can't take it from me. :)