From the dead.... Homework and school intervened, killing all fun stuff for a time.
Messed around with sqlite3 tonight, I believe I have it up and running.
Resources include this video, a stackoverflow question, and NetBean's info for installing gems using native extensions. Turns out I was unable to install the latest version of the sqlite gem on Windoze thanks to a lack of compiler (gcc) methinks... Rather than mess with that I installed an older (1.1.0) version of sqlite3-ruby.
Now I need to figure out foreign keys within sqlite3. Le Sigh. I need to find a gem to do this dirty work for me...
Lovin the mercurial though. I just need to make sure I use it consistently.