Got a bunch of stuff, all that's left is getting my filter and CO2 canister in the mail and finding a stand somewhere (any suggestions on that?)
Great start. Your wood looks a lot like some I ordered from eBay. If so it is incredibly buoyant. I soaked mine for two weeks and saw no difference.
It was large and I ended up using a 1" x 5" x 10" thick piece of large slate to keep it down in my tank.
I would begin soaking it now.