I finally chose my guitar. I hope I made the right decision. I have mentioned many times my tendency to overthink things. I know it would have been better to go to a guitar store and try out a few but because of time and lack of patience, I just ordered one.
Actually, I ordered it twice. :) I ordered it yesterday and was feeling okay about it. Then a question was raised about the shipping policy and I got nervous and cancelled the order. It wasn't so much the shipping I was concerned about - I just started feeling like I should go to the store and get it there. So as of 5:00 last night, that was my plan. Then I did some more research, got some more advice, and decided I really didn't want to drive to the store (a little over an hour away) and re-ordered it today. :)
Now I am anxiously awaiting my Squier Affinity Strat HSS. It's black with a white pick-guard. I like the look of it and it has good ratings so hopefully I like the sound and feel of it. The customer service rep said I could expect it to arrive in 2-3 business days. Oh, yeah. I'll be rocking by the weekend.
I have been practicing every day and noticing improvements. I am going through the chromatic scale quicker now and can find the three chords all on my own. Moving from one to the other is still tricky for me. My fingertips went from feeling slightly numb in spots to blistery. There are no blisters but they're a little tender. I love it, though. It is a reminder that I am learning to play guitar. And I just keep smiling about it.