A Watched or Unwatched Pot

Why is it that whenever I’m starving and heating up some water to make pasta, it seems like it takes about FIVE HOURS for the water to boil?

Could it be the saying, “A watched pot never boils” is true?

I think it is.

However, there needs to be an attachment to that saying which includes, “….and a unwatched pot always boils waaaay before you’re ready for it to boil.” Because whenever I’m on the computer doing something like responding to comments or composing a blog post; needing extra time, the water seems to boil in less than ONE MINUTE.

Take for instance right now, as I’m writing this post. I am not especially overly hungry so I’m in no hurry for the water boil, yet it seems to be heating up fast, which means I’ll probably be interrupted soon and lose my train of thought by having to go over to the stove and toss in the pasta.

*Note: Yup....I just had to get up and go toss in the pasta.

Which, by the way, will probably cook in all of TWO SECONDS, but that's only because I don't want it to because I need more time on this post.

Yet, had I wanted the pasta to cook fast, it would probably have taken until this coming Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.

*Note: Let’s just see how long it takes to cook, shall we? Let's count.

One....two....

Okay, it’s done.

See? I told you it would only take two seconds.

So, now I have to conclude this post because I need to hurry up and go eat my pasta before it gets OVERLY-COOKED.

Because I despise overly-cooked pasta.

Nevertheless, I’ve learned some very enlightening from this experience.

Either way, whether I watch the pot or don’t watch the pot….

….boiling water is a royal PAIN. IN. MY. ASS.




Bon appetit!

42 comments

  1. Hi Ron...every time I take an impression for a patient it takes five minutes for the impression material to set. I always say it is like waiting for water to boil! I hope your dinner was delicious and you had a great weekend. I hope your tooth is better. It is so strange that I got a new patient Friday who had the same exact problem as you. I put him on the same antibiotic but he did not respond as well as you did. I finally sent him to the emergency room this morning where they had to drain the abcess. He said he is doing better but all I could think of was you!!!

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  2. I was just thinking about this the other day. I feel like comments on my blog are just like a watched pot.

    When I'm really jacked about a post and feel like it should have huge conversation I keep checking back every 15 minutes. And usually there's nothin' for hours.

    Then, when I let it sit for most of the day there are 10-20 comments. Like the old pot with water.

    Can't win for losing sometimes.

    Think I could get anymore cliches in here? Yeah! There's room for one more. A rolling stone gathers no moss -- maybe if I posted more often I'd have more comments.

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  3. Nummmm. :-)

    Seriously. I'd do desperate things for REAL pasta, quick boil or slow.

    :-/

    The good news is you had sense to walk away from the computer and actually fix it AND EAT it.
    The bad news....I rarely do. LOL
    Which kinda explains the new pots in the cupboard replacing the old pots which died before their time......given they've been boiled dry a time or two.
    Which ain't so good on a pot.
    Just sayin'......

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  4. that's the way it works. when i have all the time in the world to get to work, every freaking light is green. when i'm in a rush, i get nothing but red lights and detours. when i want to stop at a light to read, the light turns green. have to trick the universe and pretend you don't want it.

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  5. Ah yes, the watched pot definitely takes it's time! ;)

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  6. Good Morning Susie~

    "every time I take an impression for a patient it takes five minutes for the impression material to set. I always say it is like waiting for water to boil!"

    hahahahahaahahahahaha! See, it even works that way in denistry!!!

    OMG, that IS so strange about your patient with the abscess!?!? Yes, thank god, my tooth is doing sooooo well - yipeeeeee!

    Thanks for stopping by this morning, Susie!

    Always great to see ya!

    Happy Monday.....X

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  7. Gooood morning Cardiogirl~

    Yes...isn't that the truth?

    So, I guess we could also say, "a watched post never comments"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Always great seeing ya, girl!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Have a super-duper Monday....X

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  8. Gooood Morning Mel~

    "The good news is you had sense to walk away from the computer and actually fix it AND EAT it."

    Yeah, and luckily I caught it right before it got over-cooked. I prefer my pasta a bit on the chewing side (al dente).

    "Which kinda explains the new pots in the cupboard replacing the old pots which died before their time......given they've been boiled dry a time or two."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....OMG, I've done the same thing - SEVERAL times! Poor pots.

    Always so great seeing ya, dear lady!

    Mucho thanks for stopping by!

    Happy Monday....X

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  9. Good morning Val~

    "when i have all the time in the world to get to work, every freaking light is green. when i'm in a rush, i get nothing but red lights and detours."

    Bwhahahahahahahaha....yes! yes! I too use to have that happen when I drove. Isn't that so aggravating??

    " have to trick the universe and pretend you don't want it."

    Yeah, maybe I need to start doing that when I want some pasta REALLY bad. Trick the universe and pretend I don't want it!

    Thanks for stopping by, girl!

    Hope you got all the green lights today!

    Happy Monday....X

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  10. Good Morning Akelamalu~

    Ain't it the truth?

    Grrrrrrrrrr!#?*#?!!

    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear! Always great seeing you!

    Hope you're having a super Monday.....X

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  11. I think everything around me moves faster while I am on the computer, I have sat down before to either research a family name or to read some of my favorite blogs and all of a sudden it's two hours later, now how did that happen I just sat down, now had I been waiting five minutes to leave to go do something then that feels like two hours.

    Yes the watched pot never boils but like you said if you turn your head then it has boiled dry.

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  12. That's why they invented insta-hot, Ron. Hope you enjoyed the pasta.

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  13. Oh Ronnie, that is SO funny, because it's SO true! Anytime I am cooking anything and I STAY inside the kitchen it takes FOREVER. But as soon as I LEAVE the kitchen everything cooks at lightening speed!!

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  14. Howdy Jimmy~

    "I think everything around me moves faster while I am on the computer, I have sat down before to either research a family name or to read some of my favorite blogs and all of a sudden it's two hours later."

    OMG, you said it man! Some nights I'll get on the computer at around 8-9 p.m. and the next thing I know it's 1-2 a.m.!!! I don't think I've ever seen time move as fast when you're on the computer!

    So, don't ever try to cook pasta, okay?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!

    Always great seeing you, Jimmy!

    Hope you had a super day!

    X

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  15. Hiya CherylT~

    "That's why they invented insta-hot."

    HA....you're right!

    Yes, the pasta was great! Caught it just in time!

    Thanks for stopping by! Hope you had a great day!

    X

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  16. Hellooooooooo Meleah~

    "Anytime I am cooking anything and I STAY inside the kitchen it takes FOREVER. But as soon as I LEAVE the kitchen everything cooks at lightening speed!!"

    I think it's a psychological conspiracy to make us go INSANE, don't you think?

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAAHHA!

    And we Libra's are not the most "patient" people are we?

    tee hee.

    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Always a joy!

    Hope you had a super day!

    X

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  17. But it's not just the pasta, it's the laundry needing to go from the washer to the dryer, or from the dryer-out before it wrinkles...when I am in a hurry laundry takes forever...just like the boiling water...ugh!

    I hope you enjoyed your pasta anyway!!!

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  18. My cooking knowledge doesn't go very far past Top Ramen and Mac & Cheese (but I can make some mean desserts), but I can attest to your observation. It's amazing how quickly an unattended boiling pot can breach the edge and extinguish the flames of the stove on its way to spilling on to the floor and damaging the wood, allowing for a dangerous concentration of gas to accumulate in the kitchen, just itchin' for a spark to alight the entire house ablaze. ...not that that's ever happened to me. Nope. No sir. Not...me...

    *whistles...rolls eyes...twiddles thumbs together*

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  19. Snigger
    yeah, over-cooked pasta is pretty lame. come pay me a visit tomorrow my friend. I got a little something for ya :)

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  20. Good evening Finally Getting to Even~

    "it's not just the pasta, it's the laundry needing to go from the washer to the dryer, or from the dryer-out before it wrinkles..."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....yes, you're exactly right, it's EVERYTHING and ANYTHING!%@*?"!

    And it's funny that you said that because this afternoon I did my LAUNDRY - ugh!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a laugh! Hope you had a MARVI Monday!

    X

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  21. Hiya Herman~

    "just itchin' for a spark to alight the entire house ablaze. ...not that that's ever happened to me. Nope. No sir. Not...me.."

    *whistles...rolls eyes...twiddles thumbs together*

    Bwhahahahahhahahaha...that was PRICELESS!!!

    Yeah, it's NEVER happened to me either.

    *whistles...rolls eyes...twiddles thumbs together*

    You sound just like me, my friend. I can't cook worth a damn, but I can make some mean desserts!

    Oh, if we could live only on sweets, right?

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Herman!

    And thanks for the great laugh!

    Hope you had a great Monday!

    X

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  22. I think it's that jerk wad Murphy and his damn law we can thank for these anomalies in the space time continuum.

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  23. Hellooooooo Katherine~

    Isn't over-cooked pasta the worst?

    I would rather eat it RAW than over-cooked.

    HA!

    Oooooo....you got something for me? What is it, PASTA????

    HAHAHAHAAAAHAHAHA!

    Ok, I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow morning.

    Always such a delight seeing ya, dear lady!

    Hope you had a spectacular Monday!

    X

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  24. Howdy Mr. Jeff~

    "it's that jerk wad Murphy and his damn law we can thank for these anomalies in the space time continuum."

    Bwhahahahahahahahahaah....you said it!

    That jerk wad Murphy!

    And I LOVE that word....anomalies!

    Thanks for stopping by, buddy!

    Always a HOOT!

    Hope you had a awesome Monday!

    X

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  25. Once I was making hard boiled eggs and I got distracted reading blogs. It was only when I smelled this very strange smell that I remembered the eggs. It was a horrible sight. I don't know anyone else who has ever burned hard boiled eggs and damn near melted a stainless steel pot but me.

    I cannont read blogs whilst cooking anymore.

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  26. Having read through this post and needing to make some hard boiled eggs anyway; I decided to try an experiment...

    I "pretended" to compose a new blog post and unbeknownst (or so I assumed) to the pot I watched patiently for two seconds!

    It didn't work! Boiling water knew it was being watched therefore took the normal five hours to boil. Which for the record is never really a full boil for me as I live in Colorado and with the altitude...

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  27. Hee!

    So true. And sometimes I totally forget I have water boiling (that's rare; it means I'm not hungry at all, which hardly ever happens). There have been times when the tea kettle has started whistling, and I literally sit there with my head cocked to the side, going, Hmmm! What's that noise? It's the tea kettle I filled TWO SECONDS AGO!

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  28. Good Morning Nitebyrd~

    " It was only when I smelled this very strange smell that I remembered the eggs. It was a horrible sight."

    OH.MY.GOD...I'm trying to imagine the SMELL and the SIGHT?!?!?!?

    Kinda like a BIG fart?

    Bwhahahahahahhahahaha!

    No, me neither....after posting this, I've realized I CANNOT cook and blog at the same time.

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis!

    Always great seeing ya!

    Have a grrrrrrreat day.......X

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  29. Hellooooooo Nathan~

    "It didn't work! Boiling water knew it was being watched therefore took the normal five hours to boil. Which for the record is never really a full boil for me as I live in Colorado and with the altitude..."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA...OMG, that's HYSTERICAL!!!!

    And thank you for trying the experiment, because now I know that boiling water is just out GET us!

    HA!

    *please read Nitebyrd's comment about hard boiled eggs, I think you'll find it amusing!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Nathan!

    Always enjoyed!

    Have a super day!

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  30. Good Morning JD~

    "There have been times when the tea kettle has started whistling, and I literally sit there with my head cocked to the side, going, Hmmm! What's that noise? It's the tea kettle I filled TWO SECONDS AGO!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.....that's a RIOT, girl!

    And speaking of a tea kettle, I use one to heat up water every morning for my French press coffee, and I try to catch it just before it starts to whistle because that sound makes me CRAZY!?@?!

    Whisssssssssssssssssst!!!!!

    Always so great seeing ya, JD! Thanks for the laugh!

    Enjoy your day........X

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  31. speaking of water.....
    although it's a totally unrelated subject
    - CAN YOU BELIEVE-
    that I've been sending my water bill payment to the WRONG service provider for the past 5 (count 'em f-i-v-e) months?

    my water got turned off today for nonpayment. But I had paid - just not the water company.

    So, there's a connection to a watched pot somewhere. Or maybe not.

    Please pass me a tylenol.
    :)

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  32. Hiya Diane~

    "that I've been sending my water bill payment to the WRONG service provider for the past 5 (count 'em f-i-v-e) months?"

    OH. MY. GOD....you're kidding????

    "my water got turned off today for nonpayment. But I had paid - just not the water company."

    I'm confused....who were you sending your payments to and WHY were they cashing your checks if you were'nt part of their service????

    Oy vey!?

    "there's a connection to a watched pot somewhere. Or maybe not."

    HA! Yeah, you're right!

    Thanks for stopping by, Diane. Hope you get your water turned back on today.

    (((( Diane ))))

    X

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  33. And how about the last ten seconds of the microwave? You stare at that clock ticking down... it's only ten seconds - do you just pop the door and take your food out? Or grab your cell phone to check messages? No, not enough time. 8..... 7...... 6...... Of course it might not be so bad if I wasn't boiling WATER in the microwave!

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  34. Greetings Katherine~

    Welcome! Thanks for stopping by and sharing a comment. So nice to meet you!

    "You stare at that clock ticking down... it's only ten seconds - do you just pop the door and take your food out? Or grab your cell phone to check messages? No, not enough time. 8..... 7...... 6...... "

    You're so right! And I've had that happen before too!!! Usually, I'll just pop the door open early; answer the phone and then FORGET that it's in there!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    You can't win can ya?

    Hope you had a great day!

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  35. Hi there Ronnie,

    How are you,buddy?
    Yes,we have all experienced this,and it is TRUE that a watched pot never boils!! They should teach this as a principle when you learn cooking!

    Same for me when I make pasta or boil eggs :)
    You have to really want that pasta to get through the boiling water test :). Then once they are cooking, its fine. Then Iam sure that the "pasta à la Ronnie" are yummy :)

    You have a great week. Iam hanging in there. I got to e mail you soon.
    XXOXOXO

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  36. Bonjour Barbara~

    "a watched pot never boils!! They should teach this as a principle when you learn cooking!"

    Yup...100% agreed!

    "Then I am sure that the "pasta à la Ronnie" are yummy :)"

    Yeah, it's yummy, but I bet YOU cook much better than me. OMG...I'm sooooo basic. If I were ever rich, I would hire a cook - HA!

    You have a great week too, my friend!

    Hope all is going well with the house.

    X to you and Dider!

    ((((( You + Didier )))))

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  37. I actually left you a comment the other day from Savannah but the internet service was so slow I guess it got lost in never land somewhere and it was so witty and hilarious and now I can't remember what it was. Honestly, it was SO clever. You'll have to take my word for it since my brain can't think of the same thing twice! LOL

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  38. Hiya Peg~

    So sorry to hear about your comment getting lost. DRATS! I wonder what happened to it?

    Anyway...I'm SURE it was beyond witty and hilarious, so I'll just laugh now....

    Bwhahahahahahahahhaha!
    Bwhahhaahahahahahahaha!

    Thanks for stopping by, my dear friend!

    Always a HOOT!

    X

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  39. ok. seriously?

    Just about 3 hours ago i was literally hovering over my stove. praying, just praying to the heavens for one little bubble

    the person across the room kept telling me to walk away cus a watched pot never boils.

    you better believe i gave that thing the stink eye until it boiled.

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  40. Hey Blunt Delivery~

    "Just about 3 hours ago i was literally hovering over my stove. praying, just praying to the heavens for one little bubble."

    HA! OMG, you're kidding me? How funny is that?

    "the person across the room kept telling me to walk away cus a watched pot never boils."

    SEE!!! That damn pot water ALWAYS irritates us no matter what!

    Well...I hope your water cooperated and boiled FAST.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    ALWAYS so nice to see you!

    Hope you had a great day!
    X

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  41. Those danged pots, watched or not are pains! Not much worse than overcooked pasta!

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  42. Hiya SuzieCate~

    Yes...those DANGED pots!

    I think it's almost better if when I want pasta, I should just go to Olive Garden - HAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Thanks for stopping by, dear lady!

    Happy Weekend!

    X

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