A new pry bar from the store was necessary to dislodge the CV; if you're ever doing this and can't get the CV free, a bit of light tapping by another person on the top of the green head (where the boot attaches) of the driveshaft while you pry between it and the transaxle is all you need. After three hours (!) of prying, two minutes of tapping (while continuing to pry) popped it right out.
The day was finished with the transmission two bolts away from removal; the bolts on the rear transaxle mounts wouldn't budge, and it looked like rain was on the way, so I soaked them in Liquid Wrench, and went to a local hardware store for a 18" piece of steel pipe to help provide a bit of extra leverage on the wrench. The car is now on jackstands, with a bottle jack supporting the engine, and a floor jack under the transaxle. No timing belt work done yet.
Total time invested so far: 11 hours.