Removed the Windows 7 taskbar and used RocketDock instead (The icons are hidden unless I mouse over them), RainMeter for my clock/specs and that little icon in the lower left corner is my Start button.
I do not believe I ever went ahead and said straightforward on these forums regarding Poppie. Little Poppie died yesterday. Yeah. It sucks. But I went ahead and took a photograph I had of her before she got sick, and made it into a sort of dedication wallpaper. I'm not used to light-colored wallpapers, so it'll take some getting used to.