You're doing it chapter by chapter as well Thunk?
I just noticed, since I just added 1586 myself. xD And yeah, that chapter 39 throws a lot of new primitives at you. For me, it'll probably take some time getting them all sorted out, but that's what SRS is there for, right?
I remember back when I started, even 1000 sounded like a lot (2042 seemed nearly impossible >.<), but now that I'm at 1500~, it'll probably feel like a breeze getting the last 500 done.
Feels better to be counting down, than to be counting how many I've done. And in true AJATT style, these last 2 days, I've had animes playing in the background, subs turned off and all (for those times when I "accidentally" start watching). I've set up two schedules, one being for making it by the 27th, the other for being done my May 1st. Both goes at around 50 new each day, doing more during the coming weekend.
As for kana, guess I'm cheating the AJATT order abit, but I learned those a few months back (before RTK and anything related to AJATT obviously, else I'd probably have waited), so I can go directly to the sentences. =) I'll probably also start with Tae Kim and some other sites that people have recommended here, just to have something to go after, but I also have the "Japanese in Mangaland" series to mine off from.