I won't go into details about the shoot today, other than the aperture (f/5.6).
After I uploaded it, I changed the white balance slightly, straightened and cropped it, and sharpened. I got the exposure pretty good this time, so again, it didn't take much fiddling with it after the fact.
I am getting quicker at the whole thing. I look forward to tomorrow's attempt. I am curious to see if decreasing the aperture will indeed help with the focus.