Well, in spite of my epic failure last night, I did manage to put up a new light in the dining nook. I'd been looking for something like this, but they were either too expensive or too flimsy feeling. I had a stroke of luck at Goodwill and found this baby for $6.99. It was rigged up really weird though -- some kind of screw-it-into-a-light-bulb doohickey. I had to cut the wires, and custom fit it to the ceiling plate of another Westinghouse Pendant Kit I had.
The ceiling plate isn't quite big enough so I can some of the raw edging around the top. I'll fix it later. My neck hurts. Overall though, I quite like the new light. . .
Especially compaired to the old one. . .