Well, my soldering iron arrived today! I set things up to solder an old video card that had a cap that had come off it...it wasn't soldered on well in the first place, and not being a through-hole type board, it was susceptible to being knocked off...not damage to the capacitor, though.
And my soldering was...crappy. I haven't soldered in years, and it was ugly...but functional. I didn't bridge the pads or anything like that (I checked), but it's not up to the standards I used to solder to. In retrospect, I should have cleaned the pads of the old solder with the solder wick before trying to reflow some new solder on them....
So that sucked up all of the spare money I had for this month...next month, I will pick up a soldering iron stand, and a "helping hands", you know, those things with alligator clips and such to hold things in place while you solder them.
I may try to do a review video of the kit I got.