While we wait, I am tooling around the internet and Char is making breakfast. The holes in the ceiling were pretty big, so it took two coats of the hole-filling goop to get us a smooth ceiling for priming and painting.
We're using a cool new product from DAP called DryDex, which goes on pink and dries white. This has prevented me from just slopping some paint on the wet spackle, creating texture paint. It's actually pretty important to get the ceiling very smooth in this case since it will be right next to a flush-mounted light fixture that will show EVERY imperfection on the sateen finish Behr paint.