So, be in that I'm waiting a month to actually do something here, what exactly do I do to hold out for a month? She's kinda in my mind all the time now (HA, Electrical Storm).
Since you aren't saying exactly what you are doing to "lay the groundwork" here it is hard to give solid advice but I can make a few suggestions. First of all you dont want to give too much pressure on the friendship. So try not to hang out with her too much. Women don't like to be crowded out.
Try to do activities that she is interested in. Also you can ask her along to help with holiday errands, especially if you solicit her help in shopping for a female member of your family. This is also good because it lends itself to a semi date situation like stopping for a cup of coffee or hot cocoa while at the Mall, etc. Kind of a Thank you for her help. She will feel flattered that you asked her advice and it will give the two of you a chance to bond without the pressure of an actual date.
Another piece of advice I would have for you is to keep busy-- work out, hang with friends, etc. This will help you from focusing too much on her and your feelings for her so that you can keep things in perspective.