Hey Angela and WELCOME!
1. When you have been on the site 30-45 days you can use the "Signature" option to make your ticker. For now, you can go on www.tickerfactory.com
and make one to put on your FB or MySpace page.
2. No answers for ya there.
I hear ya about home exercise being easier. I would LOVE to have the time to go to the gym, but I work from home as well. I have 4 kids, homeschool 2 / change diapers on the other2, and have a small daycare. Much easier and time effective to pop in a video and sweat in front of the TV.
Again - WELCOME! This is a great community. Best wishes!!