Today I dusted off what little soldering experience I have, and started soldering my PIC flasher circuit that I ordered from Carl's Electronics. Soldering was a bit sloppy, but I think I haven't shorted any leads yet. I had to stop when I found that the package swapped 8 of one resistor type with what should have been 1 of another. I have two more kits to work with, but this was a good stopping point anyway.
I also picked up a soldering iron stand and desolder bulb at Radio Shack.