I'm not going to wait for the return of my journal, so here is my report that I will post as responses to this topic - one for each day because it's really long!
Forgive my tacky manner of mentioning how much everything cost - this is meant only to be helpful to others planning a trip and wondering what the prices are.
Also, please note that this is an honest account. We made some mistakes, and at times took on way too much for our limited 5 day stay. The good thing is, on our return, we can dedicate much more time to just savouring Venice, rather than going through a checklist of things to see.
Hopefully this report will be helpful to some - and it may prove useful as a sleeping aid for others, since I do tend to go on...