Data received and parsed!
After working on my main project, the Tweet-a-Watt, a modified Kill-a-Watt power meter designed to transmit its data over Xbees, I hooked it up to a computer, ran Lady Ada’s Python code for it, and it worked! My next step was to add an Arduino to the set up, and write code for the Arduino, based off of the Python, to receive, parse, and display the current and power values. This video shows that aspect of the project working.
There are still a few bugs in the actual number calculations, but it works fine when nothing is plugged in! I know what needs to be fixed to get correct readings when there is actually something to measure.