Ok, just reinstalled and all seems fine now…I probably was freaking out about the length of time you mentioned (I do have the Pro version so makes sense). Fun!
As far as my user experience, the admin pages would hang with blank screen while attempting to load. If I clicked to go to another URL (in the same tab), it would all the sudden display the previously requested admin page and then attempt to go to the newly requested URL. It was very odd behavior.
Either way, thanks for the response – all looks good now!