ah, a simple solution. Why didnt I think of that?
Ill have to structure the homepage differently than expected. making everything else a module on it, not relying on a category blog or a direct article. Will be using jomsocial for some elements of the site, will have to see if that conflicts as I go. havent started the site yet. (waiting for that client deposit check in the mail.
Im a little surprised that there isnt a module that can be placed with a monthly menu.