He's what I did:
I had a hard time with understanding the explanation on how to do this here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory#Using_a_pre-existing_subdirectory_install
Apparently DreamHost WebFTP cannot show hidden files, so the .htaccess isn't available for me. I followed this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wO54hYHYF4 and did my best to work with what I had.
I copied the index.php file to my prairiepariah.com directory and changed './wp-blog-header.php' to './blog/wp-blog-header.php' ("blog" is where wordpress is installed). Unfortunately I saved this before I changed the URL in my wordpress settings. I did it afterwards and instantly got the 404 Not Found page when I tried to log in with either http://www.prairiepariah.com/wp-admin and http://www.prairiepariah.com/blog/wp-admin
I was nervous to do this because I fought so hard to get my site to work and now my fears have come true! I'm guessing what I did wrong is a toss up between not being able to access the .htaccess file or changing the URL of my website after I copied and saved the index.php in the main directory. That or again I just need to wait it out while wordpress or whatever is changing this for me. It looked instantaneous in the tutorial I watched though. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Maybe it's easy, but I'm an amateur and this website stuff is a HUGE learning curve for me.