The house does tend to get angry about large projects, and this time it vented its spleen by having the dishwasher spring a leak - soaking the joist below, a bit of the floor, and half of the island back. The joist and the floor should dry without damage, but the island back is mdf and will need to be replaced before it molds. I'll tackle that next week. It looks like the water supply line just worked itself loose; has that happened to anyone else? Dad?
But, there was a lot of positive progress, even though some of it was expensive. The electrician came to center the light fixture box, leaving us with one junction box that I think we can easily disguise and a trustworthy attachment for the new ceiling fan (which should be arriving soon). We booked a mason to fix the chimney as he was very reasonable in price and could do the work today (I think he was so reasonable because he was grateful to get a last minute job that he could do even though it's freezing since it was inside!)
It also turns out Jaimee is much better at sanding joint compound than I am. And applying it, really. Thank heavens. Because of her hard work, the walls were ready to be painted as soon as the ceiling was sealed. I tackled the sealing with satin polyurethane, and Jaimee started painting once the sanding was complete. The ceiling is sealed and the walls have their first coat!
It's hard to easily see the color, but this room is sort of a sky blue. Tonight we'll will tackle the second coat - and begin the extensive cleaning required to get rid of all the demo dirt. Weirdly, I find the cleaning much more fun than the sanding. Or perhaps that's not weird at all - after all, you can see progress when cleaning!