You should have been me about 20 years ago. Things were a bit different. Passed the Tech written exam first, (5 wpm code was required at the time). When I had the time, I took code classes and them asked them to admin the test (VE's were there). Took the code test, passed it and rushed home to fill out FCC form 610 (or something like that) and dropped all all of the paperwork in an envelope and mailed it off. What seemed lie an eternity had gone by and one day - There it was in the mailbox - a letter from the FCC. I nearly tore the envelope apart in the process to find it... There it was my Amateur radio ticket! I already had a handheld all ready to go... I turned it on, got on the main 2 meter repeater in our area and made my first contact. Seemes so long ago now.
Congrats as well. I just got my ticket back in April, so I am fairly news as well. One thing is if you can get yourself into a good club, as they are able to help you. Field Day is coming up in June -- that that will be fun for all.
Gonna start studying for the General exam. Figure by the time I get a radio, I'll be ready to use it well!. Still hoping to find someone in my area to learn with. Hoping to join our local RC in the next couple of weeks. That should give me some contacts, and education.