I don’t always look like a sweaty slob! I couldn’t quite make it to the full 20 minutes of running C25K asked of me on Friday, but I made it 13 and I’m pretty proud of that. I’m planning on repeating week 5 next week. I might have made it if I didn’t eat a half ton of BBQ nachos at Plowboys (Thanks for the suggestion @fatmaninalittlesuit!) the night before. 😂
I definitely had more than 11,000 steps yesterday also since we walked to Fogo de Chao for dinner later. My fitbit clashed with my fanciness though, so it stayed in the hotel room. We’re back home in Iowa now and I’m actually SO excited to get my eating back to normal. Turns out being bloated and full all the time isn’t so fun for me anymore.
Family: they’re great! Except when they’re terrible. Whether you’re expecting a difficult holiday season this year or not, here is a collection of happy, hopeful, fluffy stories that settle in you like hot chocolate on a cold day. I chose some of the fics and authors I find myself returning to time and again because these stories are, to me, a little bit of home: familiar, welcoming, and comforting when times get hard. A lot of them are popular, and for good reason, and there might be a few new ones in here as well.
I was inspired by a discussion on this month’s @threepatchpodcast. They were talking about those nice little fics you can read before bed to send you off to a pleasant dream time, like a nightcap. So, here’s a bunch of fluff and smut, mostly smut because I’m me. As I find more, I’ll post them with the tag #nightcapfic. If anyone wants to add to the list or post their own, yay! Tag me in that shit.
I’ll be posting the summaries from Ao3 rather than reviews because otherwise, I’d be writing This is delightful! over and over.
In the long-ish list of ‘times Ohtaka-sensei speaks to my
very niche interests’, I’m really glad Kou had a character who got his position
through the Chinese Civil Service Exam.
At times, I do think that MAGI is a bit overloaded with royals, secret
royals, and used-to-be royals, but Ka Kobun is someone who went from
plowboy to prime minister based on the
Civil Service Exam.
The Civil Service Exam remained relatively unchanged from the
early 7th century to the start of the 20th. Bureaucrat hopefuls would have to work their
way up 3 levels of exams: local, provincial, and imperial. Test takers would spend 3 days and 3 nights in
a 6 x 3 ft (183 x 91 cm) cell. Exam questions
covered topics including military strategy, agriculture, and geography. Tang dynasty exams also included a poetry
In contrast, assignment based on standardized testing did
not take root in Europe until much later. The British Civil Service exam, for example, was
based directly off of the Chinese model and established in 1855. French, German, and American exam systems
came soon after.