Moxie, I am a fan of Nikons. The D60 is a great start. Like I said, learn to use it off the auto controls. You will have so much more control of your photographs. Anyone can take a camera and hit the shutter. Setting up the photo is what makes it "yours", IMO.
Just have lots of fun. I haven't taken my good camera out in more than a year. I was dating my muse, and when we broke up, it was just so difficult to continue taking photographs. I hope to get that passion back.