I have these sidebars with recent comments, archives, and meta which has site admin, login/logout, and rss feeds. I want to ditch these sidebars and put all that functionality in a horizontal menu. I want the user to be able to hover the mouse over the "Recent Comments" menu item and have about 10 summaries of the most recent comments flyout of the menu. For the archives I just want the menu item to be a link to a page that contains a list of all the posts.
Is all this possible? I've looked at plugins, but I don't understand what the heck these people are saying, so I can't tell what the plugins do exactly. How can I figure out how to do this? I'm proficient at programming, I just want to know how this stuff should be done. I'm not very familiar with Wordpress.