Earlier this week I brought up that I hadn't been posting and raiding all that much, and it was likely that I'd be going away soon. Well...things have changed.
First off, really, thank you all for the kind words and support. I'm very proud to have so many people who have gained value from my writing, and it means a great deal that you'd say so. I wasn't trying to gain sympathy or praise, but it certainly was nice to hear. :)
Second, after talking it over with my wife more and looking around, we think we may have found a solution (similar to what DTC suggested) - move to a different server with a different raiding schedule that isn't raiding as often. After doing some searching for guilds looking for a feral, I found what I hope will be a great home for a while: Casually Serious. They're a very progression-oriented guild that looks for similar people - people who are interested in doing very well and harder content, but don't have as much time due to real life considerations. I've been given a trial with them, and as of now I'm over on Balnazzar. Hopefully it will go well. I've never really raided with anyone other than Fire and Blood, so it's going to be interesting to see what it's like. I'm nervous and optimistic. But it means that I do have much more personal motivation to get loot lists and the like done, do more theorycrafting and raid analysis, and will likely have quite a bit of interesting things to say in the near (and hopefully far) future.
Saying that I was leaving to Fire and Blood was really difficult. I've raided with those real-life friends for basically all of my wow time, and we built a guild together that accomplished a great deal of success and fun. I've had my difficulties now and again, but that's normal with any group. I do know that without them, I would never have started writing. I would never have raided, and I would never have enjoyed it so much. I owe them a great deal, and words aren't going to be able to express that debt. I hope that we'll stay in touch and that I can pop on to QD now and then and crack bad jokes. And maybe when things change in my personal life, I'll be able to go back to 4 day a week raids and playing nonstop. I don't know if that's just wishful thinking. We'll see.
Anyway, later this week (possibly today) you'll see the Cat listing for gear. I'm going to use the wowhead system instead of Rawr this time (so unlike what I did for bears) and fill in the gaps as it gets more data. Most of the heroic 25-man stuff has dropped and is in the DB anyway, so it shouldn't have much more than the insanity tribute and some of the heroic Anub'arak loot. I will try and indicate when I don't have data where I think something should fall, too. If there is anything else you'd like to see or you have any questions, let me know.