i would like to set my grid alignment for 0,0 on the top left and then to read upward to the right and to the bottom. this way the bottom right corner would read 24 across and 36 deep.
right now i don't even believe this grid is centered over the middle of my document and i am having a hard time figuring out which preferences control this.
Double-click the box at the corner where the tow rulers intersect. That should reset the zero point to the upper left corner.
Might be time to invest in a good book. Sandee Cohen's Visual QuickStart Guide to InDesign is one of the best for beginners, and it's not terribly expensive.