Well folks, I am finally done. Two years, 11 months. Today, January 5th, 2015, I passed, on my 4th attempt - #46110.
However, the blog will continue!
My next step is CCNP Voice, and I plan on writing up my findings here, as well as any interesting R&S topics I come across.
Best of luck to everyone else on this track, the hard work does eventually pay off.