It was nice to have a more manageable goal that I could actually complete during nap-time. It was a little bit arduous since all I have is a pair of loppers, but not awful. The quality of my trimming will have to suffice until we get a real hedge trimmer. And I cut up as much of the giant branch as would fit in the green waste bin, but you really can't tell that I did anything there.
After (sorry, I forgot to take a picture until dinner time):