1. Update your fresh Ubuntu installation using the Update Manager
2. Open the Ubuntu Update Software Center and install the following programs: Chromium, Gimp, Xiphos Bible Study Guide, and whatever other software you fancy.
3. Go to the Bisigi Project page and install Bisigi Themes Package. These are just cooler than the default Ubuntu Themes.
4. You may also want to install Ubuntu's Restricted Extras if that floats your boat.