Today was fairly productive, despite a horrible fight with insomnia last night. I finally went to sleep around 7am and slept until around 11:30, then started my day off with some gaming and reading. I’ve been saving a lot of articles lately about various topics – mostly personal finance, bullet journaling, professional advice, and Disney trip planning – so I started to clean some of those out. The list has gotten a bit out of hand lately because there has been so much good content out online these days!

Around 3, a friend came to pick us up and we went to run a few errands. We got my immigration photos done to send away to renew my PR card, got Mark a birthday cake (and a few groceries) at Costco, went to Sephora, then got McDonald’s (the birthday boy’s meal of choice!) and headed home for some gaming and relaxing to celebrate with Mark.

I was so glad to have a Sephora gift card – I’ve been pretty hooked on a lot of their stuff lately and finally picked up a few things I had my eye on for a while. I bought myself a couple of replacement heads for my Clarisonic (one for my face and also a buffer that’s supposed to be good on your feet!) and some facial cleanser, and then spoiled myself a bit with the Naked 2 palette. I’ve been eyeing it for quite some time now so Mark insisted I finally pick it up!

Once we got home and started gaming, I also did some cooking for the week ahead. I seasoned some chicken and baked it (pretty simple, really) to take for lunches or have with rice and vegetables for dinners, and also made a super-cheesy baked penne dish that smells (and tastes!) fantastic. I’m looking forward to eating that all week, that’s for sure!

We tried out a couple of our Christmas board games tonight: we played Mysterium and Epic Spell Wars 2. I really liked Mysterium, though it takes a bit to get into. I think we’ll have to watch a few playthrough videos before we dive into it again, and maybe play with more than three people.

Now it’s time to finish writing out my to-do list for tomorrow and try to get my ducks in a row so I don’t feel rushed in the morning. I might also have a nice peppermint tea before bed!

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