Our Tape & Float guy showed up Wednesday morning and got started early, working most of the day. This guy is really good and I'll be glad to provide his contact information to anyone in the area needing his help.
What I learned very quickly is, if you are doing more than a small project like patching up a closet nobody will ever see, leave this for the professionals. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a skill that the average homeowner can't learn, but there is an art to it, and you don't really want to learn on the walls you are going to be looking at for the next decade or so.
This morning, he'll touch up the rough areas and finish today with the texture. His two days of work easily saved us a week or more - just in sanding time.