Just to show that my day wasn't completely horrid. I ate/am eating/will be eating these cookies:
The idea is from here, with the recipe from here, but I would recommend the shortening substitute in the comments as the vegetable oil made the dough really slippery and hard to work with (hence the wonky yellow bottoms). H/T The Kitchn (okay I don't forward ALL the recipes to my husband).
They are light and crispy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I've had 6 so far today, and this plate is for The Godfather night we have planned with a friend. The rest have been put in a container to be given to the student workers at my law library. And there's some more dough waiting to be made and frozen for a Friday tea in a couple weeks.
Oh for more squirrel/pumpkin action, check out this blog and watch the following video.