By the end of the night, Jaimee and a friend had gotten all the loose paint off and knocked the plaster off of the ceiling to expose the brick. It really looks great!
The mortar in the brick has some holes and gaps, though. I bought some concrete fix stuff to patch it, but I'm not sure that's right.
I drywalled off the area above the cabinets we built in 2008 - pics later.
We spent some time cleaning up but need to do more tonight, as of course the dust is now everywhere. And apparently Loki isn't smart enough not to eat paint chips.