I'm big on incentive plans. I had a couple of pork chops in the fridge and a kitchen floor that needed mopping. Being the procrastinator par excellence, I had been putting off that chore long enough. It was bite-the-bullet and get-it-done time, but I really didn't want to so I called my friend Cam and asked her over for dinner. The menu was simple, pork chops and couscous combined with mixed vegetables. Cam has been working in her garden and said she'd bring some snow peas and a zucchini to add to the couscous. "You have squash? Do you still have any blossoms? Could you bring some of those?" Ohmigosh, I was excited. Camille, never having eaten them, didn't quite understand.
Nothing like company coming to put the spurs to my sides. I whipped through the kitchen, dry and wet mopping, vacuumed, dusted the dining room and set the table, showered and changed, and did the prep work on dinner before Cam and Honey arrived. It took only a minute to make a light beer batter with a touch of cayenne to dip the squash blossoms in before sauteeing. One bite was enough to take the dubious "Uh huh" look off Cam's face and replace it with "Mmmm." It has been ages since I've had any of those delicate, tasty morsels.
Turned out to be a productive and thoroughly enjoyable day. I just needed a little incentive.