MAF sensors can cause a sh*t load of headaches! turns out, that little bugger was the culprit. the mechanic unplugged it, i drove her home and will hopefully have a new/used one soon. i'm not too sure how unhealthy it is to drive without the MAF sensor plugged in.....it was only a few miles that I drove though.
Oh, and here'* what an idiot I am -
the source of my little smoking issue was the compressor wire. the plug into the AC compressor was half plugged in and all kinds of gunked up. i cleaned it with a little alcohol, plugged it in the right way, and the smoke was gone.
Lol, and here I thought it was the crank sensor. Good thing I'm not a mechanic.