Hola, Stephen and Dan -
¡Gracias por sus respuestas!
Stephen - this makes perfect sense, especially with the examples, thanks so much for those.
Dan - I have known forever that starting the sentence with "yo" was redundant, and even though it felt weird, I very quickly broke the instinctual habit to do so.
But up until now, I had only seen it used for emphasis in the beginning of a sentence, this was my first time seeing it in the middle, and it really threw me off, lol!
I am deep into a pronunciation course, and I supplement it with beating the hell out of Rocket's recording feature - I obsessively go over the native speaker and my pronunciation until I am decently satisfied (as mentioned before, not what Rocket deems to be good, haha) or am completely fried on it.
But I was leery of burning a sentence into my head if it was not technically correct - the upside of using Rocket along with a hard core pronunciation course is the massive amount of material Rocket offers, but the downside is I can get one way of sentence structure too deeply entrenched in my psyche as the only way to say it due to excessive repetition.
To avoid this, I hop around a lot to the different stories before I settle in and complete a full lesson (a weird way to study, but it works for me), but I am also very careful when I come across a sentence that I don't quite "get" the structure of.
So....my long-winded way of thanking you both for the answer, it saved me a lot of time and I am sure our wonderful Rocket staff is pleased that I did not pester them first, jajajaja :)
¡Ustedes tienen una gran semana!