I appreciate the feedback guys!
My main intent here was just to see what others' experiences were. But i took Voltron's advice and engaged them directly on chat. The answer i got was that item descriptions contained info on how long it would take to ship but went back and looked at several and was unable to find this detail.
Essentially, I was going to have my gaming group over this weekend for a beer crafting lesson, of sorts. They were all very interested in the hobby and will soon be getting into it. My goal was to do a hands-on brew day so they could learn the basics and get their feet wet.
Long story/short, it's not going to happen. I was told that orders typically take two days to ship and if they're placed after 3pm to add an additional day. So my order placed on sunday will not go out until later this afternoon putting it in Az around the middle of next week sometime.
I went back and reviewed my order received and order shipped emails from way back (circa 2007) and, well, things have changed. Most, if not all my orders from back then were shipped same day if submitted prior to 12pm.
Maybe i've become spoiled over the years w Prime and just used to the old NB flash to bang time on ordering/shipping but i completely thought i'd have my order by this weekend. I'm going to chalk it up to my excitement - fueled unreasonable expectations and adjust accordingly. I may head up to Tucson and see if there's a LHBS that has a kit i can grab before Saturday. Between all of us, we make regular trips up there so that could be a better option for us. We'll see.
Thanks again for the suggestions and comments guys!