As always I can never leave well enough alone. In this context, I mean that I changed the pack just a tad. There are so many mods I was apprehensive about adding more, but I just had to add one of my favorites - AetherCraft! This did take a few config changes due to the "skyblock" type environment, but finally I've got it feeling just as difficult. I restarted my world, deleted the wireless energy source encased in the bedrock and began the dirt/cobble grind all over again. This time though my cobble gen was up within just a couple of MC days :) I still haven't been able to get all the resources to start AetherCraft, but when I do I think I'll have more fun than ever with this pack. If anyone is interested in adding AetherCraft to their pack, let me know and I'll post the configs that are Davy Jones' Locker friendly.
EDIT: Also, if I do post I'd love suggestions, because I've really only done the items I've come across in the pack so far.