The ritual! Wonderful. First there is the priming. Press on button, immediately turn on steam knob, let out 4 oz of water. Turn off steam. Press brew button, let out 4 oz of water from the brew area, then turn that off. Turn on steam button, wait for ready light. Turn steam knob to release any remaining gasps of water, then turn off. Finally, the actual steaming. Get out cold milk in cold stainless pitcher, turn steam knob and try to get it right. I think I might try it again in a little while.
I am using brew pods for the espresso itself. I don't expect to have huge problems once I switch to ground coffee but for now it's just easier to use the pods.