Seriously, thank you thank you thank you. Even though the 4.4.2 kot49h is listed under 'mantaray' and it is the file i was told by another administrator to use and he assured me there would be no problem going from 4.3 jwr66v directly to kot49h since it is a factory image, alas the problem was that i needed to use 4.4 krt16s. Doing this, and following everything else you told me, it worked like a charm. As soon as i booted up, i got the ota for 4.4.2 and installed that smoothly. Thank you sooo much @lj50036!
Now i guess i am going to root again just so i can have usb functionality with stickmount. Do you have any suggestions for a really good set of instructions for this? also, do i need to save this folder i created on my mac desktop??