Our Weekword this week is mercurial and it was chosen by Carmen at http://biomouse.blogspot.com/. The first thing The Distracted Cook did was try to find her trusty dictionary to be sure she was talking about the right word. Biomouse certainly chose an interesting one for us to ponder.
The definition that stands out most to The Distracted Cook is: flighty and erratic. Now that just about sums up the kinds of activities that go on in the kitchen of The Distracted Cook - certainly when it comes to organization and planning. What isn't erratic in this place? Of course, I refer to it as breezy and spontaneous rather than flighty and erratic. Or maybe if we stretch a point, we could say disorganized and ever-evolving.
Perhaps erratic is just another synonym for distracted. Distracted behavior often looks a lot like erratic behavior. For example, trying to do two things at the same time keeps you jumping from one side of the counter to the other, dashing here and there while trying to catch the flour that is about to tumble onto the floor. If there were no sound on the television and you just saw the action, you would definitely consider it erratic or mercurial. May your kitchen NOT fit the description of this particular word! The Distracted Cook tries on a daily basis not to be The Mercurial Cook!