I absolutely agree with beergolf. You must be very patient with your beer...brew it and forget about it for a while...bottle it and forget about it again. It may be difficult, but it will be worth it. You might treat yourself to some nice craft beer while you wait
I would also recommend using a kit for your first beer, your first brew may feel hectic due to the process being new, and it will help to have instructions to follow.
Most important...no matter how tempted you are, do NOT get smashed on brew day. Have a beer or two if you wish, sure, but just keep your head. It is easy to do something stupid when you are drinking that you would never do if you were sober.