I KNEW something was up. Phae hadn't posted in a while and I was getting concerned. Biting my nails and pacing, refreshing my Blogger dashboard every few minutes, waiting for any R4L entry to show up. I had a feeling...
I didn't see her entry at first, but rather a couple of other entries from other bloggers lamenting her departure. NOOOooooooo!
I got a bit teary, I'll admit. I'm soft like that. I've only been blogging for a few months, but I really look up to Phae a whole lot. As far as theorycrafting and druid current affairs go, I don't have many people to chat/vent/ramble to, so I always enjoyed talking with her about the current goings-on in the druid world. It's always great to be able to talk to someone like-minded, especially when things are frustrating. I have to resist the urge to keep writing, "I NO RITE?" because she knows exactly what our collective frustrations are. I'm just sad that I started so late; I wish I had found R4L and Phae earlier.
I haven't been around long, but Phae always looked after the theorycraft side of things and I was grateful that I didn't have to. I'm hopeless at math and will never pretend to know what I'm talking about in that respect. I always saw R4L as THE resto resource. TBJ simply hopped onto Phae's coattails and rode around squealing, "wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee", dealing more with my own personal experiences as a druid rather than the serious, number-based side of things. But now she's going, who will help me with my math homework?
I spent some time clinging to her virtual ankles (do trees have ankles? /ponder) and whining (lots and lots of whining), but she told me to be strong and to be my own druid. I agreed to suck it up, be a man, and keep going. *wipes nose*
I suppose when it comes to the math side of things I'll just need to make creative use of my few theorycrafting brains that I keep handy (read: geek friends).
Suddenly, the rest of us have some really, really big shoes to fill.
What's important though is that we DON'T PANIC. There are a bunch of really great druid blogs out there. The Daily Druid will keep you up to date on various resto happenings, and I'll do my best to do some "community spotlight" posts like Phae did, to highlight great new blogs to watch, so everyone can still get their daily fill of resto rants and ramblings.
We've lost a wonderful resource in Resto4Life, but I know everyone will wish Phae & Mr Phae the best of luck for the future.
Farewell Phae! <3