It took longer than expected, but as of 5 PM yesterday I can call the backsplash done. Outlets are floated, grout is on and scrubbed, the end is bullnosed, and everything is back on the counter in messy fashion. Enough for me to make burgers at least.
But holy crap that was surprisingly difficult. Every project guide for a backsplash is 4 or 5 steps, very simple. But that's for simple installs. None of them mention raising outlets, how to cap an end wall, or getting different tile shapes. All things I had to work with, all things that made the actual tiling the easiest part of the project.
Hilariously, we were going to see a movie yesterday after taking the day off to recuperate from a wedding. But the kid put a stop to that having to stay home, so I had all day to either stare at an unfinished project or just get it done already. I had already installed the end rules and raised the outlets during the bears game so all I was looking at was grout. Sounded simple, I should've known better.
The outlets practically drove me crazy Sunday, being hella hung over didn't help either. But the grout ended up taking FOREVER. Working on two big walls with a tiny float, by the time a wall was done the stuff was so dry it work way more work to get things clean than I anticipated. Sheesh.
But it's done now. Might not be perfect, but not a bad amateur job, and with the counters so packed it looks fine. Enough to check it off the list and move on to the next one, good times.
Current beer-scale: a still slightly hungover 5.3