Well, I went back to Simply Stunning v2.0.2...and Helix Launcher. So far, I have not installed HL. I'm going to slowly apply one theme, one tweak at a time and see how it performs. So far all I've done is change boot animation and my kernel.
We'll see how it goes. I'll probably apply one change every 24 hours so I can monitor how it's going.
Also...a side note...the 5:01 thing...I'm wondering if that's just because when it resets, it goes to a different time zone...maybe it's just 1 minute after the start of that hour? (Did that make sense?)
Thanks for the tips/advice. I'm seriously thinking along the lines of Jstafford that Better Cut and HL don't play nicely together. I've seen a couple other comments on other threads saying something similar.