It arrived today!
I ordered from Adorama online camera sales and I got it refurbushed (by Nikon) and paid exactly $519.95 shipped including the stock 18-55 mm lens. I was surprised that it arrived in about 24 hours. But I live about 100 miles from the distribution center so that helps I suppose.
Looking at the interface menu, it does look somewhat intimating but I have read that it is user friendly even if I don't understand what's going on. I did order the book Nikon D5000 for Dummies and I do plan on studying it but most importantly I want to rely on my inspiration for the artistry of photography and capturing artistic images even if they may not come out "perfect".
My 2 future lenses that I am seriously considering:
Nikon DX 35 mm f/1.8 and the Tokina 11-16 mm.
The reason why I want the DX35 mm is because it is considered to be a good lens for capturing low light without flash and I really dislike flash so it sounds very enticing. Plus it's only $200.
For the Tokina 11-16 mm ($599), it is considered to be a highly reputable lens for ultra wide shots and I love ultra wide! Plus the sample pics I saw was pretty amazing. Sample pics for both lenses looked fabulous actually and not terribly expensive.