So its been awhile....guess I just got busy being a Dad and havent had much time to tinker.
Jumping back 4 months to my last post, I hooked my Nokia LCD back up to my Arduino and started to tinker and learn again. Figured I would do some searching for a library and use that as a springboard for learning how best to interact with the LCD. A bit of Googling and I came across Adafruit's website where they sell a similar product to the one I got off of Sparkfun. They also have a tutorial page with some tips on hooking the LCD up to an Arduino and of course they link to their test code and library on Github.