I make an appointment for kid at the orthopedist and we go there mid-morning. They confirm that the bone looks fractured, but not too badly. Talk about a cast, but decide on just a splint at the last minute. It's the left arm, thank goodness, and it should only take a few weeks for this minor crack to heal.
After we get home from lunch, I go over to the Co-op for some supplies: organic 1% lactose-free milk, black currant jam, half and half, applesauce, quart of Brown Cow maple yogurt, Food Should Taste Good kimchi tortilla chips, 2 individual Liberte yogurts, Field Day organic wheat squares cereal, Field Day organic raisin bran, dried pineapple, cage-free white eggs, 3 lb. bag of mandarin oranges, organic strawberries, 3 avocados, 5 champagne mangos. $63.
Then, despite having just eaten lunch, I eat the whole bag of kimchi tortilla chips. I don't even like them that much. I also play Civilization while eating the chips, instead of writing, which is what I should be doing. I am at the end of my rope. The thought of doing anything else this afternoon is overwhelming. I even fall asleep, though only for ten minutes.
Dinner: somehow I manage to get back up and cook. First I make the Caramelized-Honey Nut and Seed Tart from October's Bon Appetit. The tart dough calls for a food processor, but I use my fingers and this works fine. For the mixed nuts and seeds, I use almonds, cashews, peanuts, and pumpkin seeds. This color mix is so, so beautiful, with the reddish color of the almonds and the green of the pepitas. Really I think I made this tart in the first place because the magazine photo is so gorgeous. I take pictures of the nuts in every stage until the battery runs out on my camera.
For dessert, we ate the nut-and-seed tart, even though by then, thanks to the entire bag of kimchi chips, I was so full I was about to die. The tart was good overall-- and so beautiful!-- but the crust needed work. A mouthful containing too much crust became bland, floury, and crumbly. If I were to make it again, I would add more salt and sugar to the tart dough, as well as probably more butter.
Snacks: 3 other cups of coffee, 1 regular, 2 decaf, with half and half. I have run out of beer and wine that needs to be used up, which is probably a good thing.