Busy Beeter

I had a really busy day yesterday.  It started off by being trapped and chained to my desk reading and answering emails, doing blog-related computer tasks, and trying to keep my inbox under better control than the ever-growing national debt.  My inbox can relate to the ever-growing part.


Then I went to the post office and mailed package to a friend.  She wants to start brewing her own kombucha and I am helping her get started.

Speaking of fermented beverages, Zukay Foods sent me some of their products to try.

The Zukay beet juice was refreshing and there are many benefits to consuming beets:

Information from Zukay Foods:

- Beet juice can help to strengthen both the liver and the gall bladder; even more so when mixed with other juices such as carrot or cucumber.

· Beet fiber such as Pectin, binds toxins, heavy metals, and excess hormones that build up in the liver, and removes them from the body, as opposed to being reabsorbed.

· They are a blood building herb that detoxifies blood and renews it with minerals and natural sugars.

· Beets have been found to have a regulating effect on blood pressure

· Because beets are so beneficial to the bloodstream, it has been found that they can also protect from heart disease and help to fight off anaemia

· The folic acids found in beets are especially helpful to pregnant women, as they are known to prevent birth defects.

· After long, tiring days, raw beets have the ability to reenergize and rejuvenate.

· Beet juice reduces the uptake of oxygen, thus allowing an increase in endurance and stamina in those physically active. It allows for longer workouts because of less fatigue.

· And of course, Zukay’s Beet Kvasses (and other kvasses) are all fermented and probiotic, so they have all the natural enzymes of the veggies intact, and are naturally probiotic and low in sugar

This Carrot Ginger juice was sweet with a bit of heat.  Tasty stuff.


And although I am not a fan of onions at all, Scott seemed to really enjoy this salad dressing.

I’ve been dipping all my veggies in Spicy Doritos Cheezy Dip

The dip is really fast and easy to make I use it as either a salad dressing or as a veggie dip.

If you like nooch or Doritos, make that dip.

After errand running, it was time to fix Skylar a snack.


She requested a Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cake

Smart choice.  For her and me since I was rushing around and the microwave saves me.  Not a fan of it?  That’s ok, I am. Just a tool that I use as needed.

From my previous post, Learn Something New Every Day, can you believe that about koi fish?  200 year old “pets”?  Crazy but true!

Questions:

1. Do you like beets?  Ever tried beet juice?

I love beets and have a recipe post coming soon with them but until about 6 years ago, I used to think I didn’t like them.

It wasn’t until getting my first CSA share and learning how to roast them properly that I fell in love with beets.  A little too in love and I gave myself an unintentional liver cleanse but I survived and was, ahem, cleaner and purer, afterward.

If your only experience with beets is from a can or something that’s been pre-cooked and is a strange plastic container or can, and the texture is really ahem, unique, yes, I can see why you wouldn’t like them either.  Ick!

Real beets, prepared properly, are amazing.  As is beet juice if you’re so inclined to juice them.  I am such a crybaby about juicer cleanup that I almost never juice anymore.

I captured the shot of those gems at the Farmers Market over the weekend

2. What Busy Beeter Busy Beaver tasks have you crossed off your list today or recently?

Yesterday I also hit up the grocery store

Cleaned my shower

Changed the sheets on Skylar’s bed

Went for a great run

And oh yes, went to my paid job.  The rest of that list is just unpaid manual labor.

3. Do you get sucked into your computer, your email, blogs (reading them, writing your own, maintaining your own, etc.), websites, and just things that keep you sitting at your desk and staring at your screen?

I sure do!  Some days it just seems never ending the sheer volume of computer work I need to plow through!

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    Jordan @ foods sweat and beers — June 15, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Ah, I feel like I’ve been a busy bee (or beaver) for the past few days! Dentist appointments, refills on prescriptions, grocery shopping, cleaning like a madwoman (only to see it just as messy two days later) and attending IMPORTANT events (like fun dinners and cocktail hours). Maybe I’m just forcing myself to be busy, but sometimes I feel like I get more done, the more I have to do!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — June 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Sounds like a busy day! I love beets. The first time I had them not in a can and my pee turned red, I thought I was dying. :)

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    lindsay — June 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

    love beets! that sounds like a great raw product! I’d say I accomplished what I could yesterday. Viruses stink!
    Need that mac, eh?

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    Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty — June 15, 2011 at 10:31 am

    i LOVE beets and beet juice and anything beet related!!

    Those juices and dressing sounds soooo good!

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    lindsay — June 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Well boo, I think I am going to your spam too now. Lets just say that was my to do list all day yesterday!! de spam my computer.
    Love that raw product though, looks delicious!
    http://www.cottercrunch.com

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    lindsay — June 15, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Well boo, I think I am going to your spam too now. Lets just say that was my to do list all day yesterday!! de spam my computer.
    Love that raw product though, looks delicious!

    http://www.cottercrunch.com

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — June 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Yum, I’ve been thinking about trying Zukay foods and I’d probably adore the onion.

    1. Yes and yes and I like the pretty effect on pee. :-P
    2. House and office projects as well as loads going on at work, ugh!
    3. Yes, time flies so fast when I start catching up with emails and blog reading.

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    cathy — June 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

    good work on ticking items off your To Do lists, averie!
    i have not tried beets since childhood because i really did not like them then…i guess i should try them again, as i like a lot of other veggies now that i did not way back when!
    i find i have to set a time limit for composing blog entries or else i can just get caught up in writing and editing for far too long…
    skylar has great taste in snack requests!

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    Hannah — June 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I don’t like the flavour of beets without other flavours, but roasted with carrots and parsnips, and covered in a balsamic and mustard dressing is really good. I also quite like carrot, apple and beet juice, but like you I usually can’t be bothered to clean the juicer so I don’t juice very often.

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — June 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Love beets! I just hate how red everything turns when you touch them. Do I get sucked into the computer? ha, of course! My eyes were burning the other day when I tried to fall asleep. I think that’s a tell tale sign of too much computer screen!

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    char @ char on a mission — June 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

    1. I LOVE beets! I never thought I would until I tried them and they are just great. I prefer them cooked, but honestly can’t wait to try that drink! It just sounds SO amazing! And the salad dressing too…I think you should give onions another chance lol

    2. I have totally accomplished the things I’ve wanted to so far – baked my hubby a bday cake (his fave is carrot cake – so I went all out…wanted to make a vegan version, but I thought I would stick to the full-on version because it’s for him, not me haha) AND went for a very satisfying run…but didn’t think well enough and wore capris instead of shorts and it definitely hurt a little bit with the sun directly beating down on me!

    3. I totally get sidetracked by checking blogs, thinking about what I wanna write about and responding to others’ blogs. But, it’s sooo worth it…like right now, I should probably go shower since I sweat a ton, yet here I am commenting on your post lol

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    Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} — June 15, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I love beets, too. I love making beet burgers. I did a Target run today and now I’ve got packing to do as we’re going on a road trip tomorrow. I should be doing that right now but the computer has sucked me in….Busy busy! :-)

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    kate — June 15, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What cool products I love beet juice I juice them all the time!

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    Kathi — June 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

    It has been awhile since I have had beets. I have a few cans in the pantry not sure why I bought them and what I would use them for. Any ideas? I have never had beet juice.
    I have been a busy. Since we are in the process of “trying” to sell our house I got a call for a showing so I was definately a busy beaver trying to get it sparkly clean. Sure hope a buy comes soon.
    I am terrible for sitting on the computer. I am always, always reading blogs. I think I know the blog women better than I know anyone esle these days. They all continue to inspire to be my very best.

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    Jess — June 15, 2011 at 11:09 am

    I LOVE beets!! I’ve never had them roasted, but I wanna try them that way :D

    I agree with you on microwaves..I don’t have an hour to just sit and wait for a sweet potato to cook. Ten minutes in the microwave and we’re good. Obviously, if I HAVE the time, I take advantage of the oven..but who has that time ALL the time?!

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    Hayley @ Oat Couture — June 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Definitely get sucked into the computer! It’s crazy how fast time flies when I get on this thing! :/ And not too sure about beets… I love them roasted but don’t like them raw in salads… Oh and also I confess to making my porridge in the microwave every morning! It comes down to pure hunger and impatience, shocking I know! :)

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I looooooove beets but I’ve never had beet juice. I can’t wait to get beets in my garden :D Except I have to plant them first, haha. I keep forgetting so this was a good reminder. Yesterday was crazy but today hasn’t been too bad, just got some cooking done(and some pictures taken :D), kids bathed, dishes and laundry done, dinner planned and ready to go. Nothing exciting, haha. I know what you mean about being chained to the computer. I like to get everything done first thing in the morning and then be able to get do everything else I need to get done without too much distraction, but my days usually go better when I get all my important household things done first and then sit down to the computer. Either way I feel chained to it for a period of time every day.
    I’m going to have to go back and read your kombucha post(s). I wasn’t interested then but I’m getting more and more curious about it.

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    Amanda Jewell — June 15, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE beets! In Greece, we eat them steamed with a little bit of balsamic vinegar, a dash of EVOO, and a pinch of salt. SO GOOD. I love beet juice! Beet, carrot, apple is one of my go-to juices! But, I too dread the clean-up of juicing beets so typically for beets juice, I hit up Whole Paycheck :)

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg — June 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Those drinks look really good! I love carrot juice but I’ve never tried beet juice.

    I love that you’re sharing the kombucha goodness :)

    Yes, I find myself getting sucked into my computer for an hour when I was only meaning to be on there for 10 minutes. It happens — and in a way it feels good to get through some computer/blog tasks.

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    Lindsay — June 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I absolutely LOVE beets. Like you, I used to think that I didn’t like them. But now I enjoy them raw and shredded over salads, roasted with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and topped with roasted pecans, and I’ve even used beet pulp leftover from juicing in some baking recipes like with cupcakes and muffins. The beets are super sweet and moist and the pulp is a great addition of fiber and nutrients into any baked dish. Plus the sweetness of the beet is an added bonus! Yummmm, I love beets!!!

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    Amy @ FitMommas — June 15, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    1. No, don’t like beets.
    2. I was planning on being on top of it today, but I’ve been up since 3:30 am thanks to a massive storm that hit this morning, bring the little boogers into bed, killed the electricity and sent Momma into Insomnia Land. Blech.
    3. What do you think I”m doing right now? I’m not getting anything done, but I keep finding myself searching LinkedIn for old work colleagues, that – really – I don’t really care that much about anyway, right? Geez, I need a nap!

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    Stefanie — June 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I like beets. Everytime I buy some to roast, they go bad before I can eat them. I’ll have to check this product out.

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    Heather (Where's the Beach) — June 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I do like beets but haven’t tried just beet juice. Ugh, been insanely busy at work. Have managed to get laundry washed (not folded mind you) and yard work done at home. So much more on that to-do list though. I think I prefer my to-enjoy list ;-)

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    Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) — June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I love roasted and smoked beets, but have never tried beet juice. This sounds good to me though. I hope you’re having a great day!

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    Stephanie — June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I used to think I hated beets too. Then I tried the real ones, not the ones from a jar. They’re one of my fave veggies now, especially gold beets. Sooo yummy! :)

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    Katie — June 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love beets, even canned. I think I am the only one who likes them from a can. I even have a cookie recipe using beets. And a great beet soup recipe too. They are both delicious.

    I get sucked into my computer all the time. That’s why I try to put off turning it on in the am until the last possible minute.

    I went to the grocery store and the gym today, but other than that, I haven’t done much. And its been great!

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    Laura — June 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love roasted beets, too! I’m glad to hear you like the beet juices since I have a bottle of it in my fridge. :) Not sure why I’ve been afraid to crack it open! I generally juice beets with other fruits/veggies so I guess I’m concerned the bottled juice will be too “beety,” whatever that means, lol.

    You’re an impressive busy beeter! I really haven’t accomplished too much out of the ordinary today. Although, I did sell a few things on craigslist!

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    Moni'sMeals — June 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Love beets! Golden ones especially, not so much canned though. I look forward to your recipe with them. :)

    Good job Skylar, asking for a HEALTHY snack. :)

    Have a good day!

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    Ragnhild — June 15, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I LOVE beets! Especially thinly sliced and roasted- eaten in a salad with leafes and orange slices- YUM! I also enjoy them raw or boild- with a little (or more than a little :P) tahini on top!

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    Crysta — June 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I LOVE BEETS! But, I agree with some of the others…they have some pretty potent staining power to the bodily fluids…LOL

    Making your own kombucha huh!? Sounds way cheaper than $3 a bottle…maybe?

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    kris (everyday oats) — June 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I loveee beets! They’re so sweet and delicious. I love using them to dye my icing/frosting a natural pink or red color.
    I finally finished my scuba course and am officially certified! But I’ve still got a whole list of other stuff I need to get done today and over the course of the week. Better get moving! :)

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    Kaitlyn — June 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I DEFINITELY get sucked in to my screen!! But this week I’ve been crossing things off all my to-do lists left and right. Tonight I have to skip a team run to do so, unfortunately, but sometimes you gotta make sacrifices.

    I’m excited for your beet recipe. I’ve never truly prepared or tried them before! I made borscht for my boyfriend once. But I didn’t eat any.

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    Sarah @ naturallydomestic — June 15, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    So I’ve tried beets so many times, and so many ways. I keep hoping I’ll find the love. And somehow I can never get through more than a bite or two before gagging. Which is too bad; I know how good they are for you!! Sad.

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    The Delicate Place — June 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    mmm i love beets and i’d totally drink just beet juice. whenever i go to a juice shop, i always order something that has beet as a component! so good for you! rich in iron too :) tasks crossed off? um i worked out, went to work and had a really busy day, headache! washed a load of laundry and am now sitting down for eats!

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    Rachel (tea and chocolate) — June 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I go back and forth on whether I like beets or not. They have to be prepared just right! I did try a fresh juice that had beets in it recently and loved it.

    Today I went to a yoga class, applied to work at a bookstore, did some grocery shopping and got sucked into blog reading. Always happens!

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    Aja — June 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I love Skylar’s socks. Hello Kitty (which is actually just America being weird. Her name is really just “Kitty” because in Japanese it is キッチーちゃん Kitty-chan. Just a random fact. Sorry for the randomness) is awesome.
    I do get sucked into checking my email and blogging and reading blogs. On weekdays when I have school and other things to do I can get out of it pretty quickly, but on lazy weekends I can spend hours reading and drafting.

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — June 15, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I’m so intrigued by making your own kombucha!

    I’m not a huge fan of fresh beets, but I love canned/jarred beets and beet juice!

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    Ela — June 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I have some zukay products to review too–unfortunately, the post office mangled them up, but some of them survived! I love that kind of stuff.

    Yes, all too easy to get sucked into the computer screen… Ever expanding inbox? Check…

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 15th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      mine were half leaking and a mess, too, upon arrival. I mentioned that to my contact that their shipping dept may want to tighten up the quality control of the boxes that go out b/c leaking, red, all over everything, sticky beet juice just does not make anyone real happy :)

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      • Ela replied: — June 15th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

        Oh, that’s too bad that they came to you that way too. I thought it was just part of the price of living in AK! I’m definitely letting them know. The carrot-ginger one was gone completely, but it was the salad dressing that was spilt over everything, and with onion and turnip in it, I think my hands still smell!

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    katie @ KatieDid — June 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    hahah just as I was reading about the beets, on the episode of the office I am watching michael and dwight are arguing that no one likes beets! I was literally just about to start raving about beets in my comment as I was listening to that! but anyways yes I love beets so much. roasted is my favorite method.

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    Lauren — June 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I just got those juices but haven’t tried them yet. Thanks for the heads up! :)

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    Laury@TheFitnessDish — June 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I never liked beets until I was pregnant. Then I became OBSESSED!!! I feel like I recently sampled Zukay products in Whole Foods…or something like it? Looks great nonetheless.

    Are you going to HLS this year? I think you went last year, or was that just Food Buzz?

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    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) replied: — June 15th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      not going to HLS b/c I have some other things that I am allotting time/money for in the budget.

      last year i only went to FBuzz, never to HLS.

      Have fun if you’re going!

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    Laury@TheFitnessDish — June 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    ps–I get sucked at my computer for HOURS all the time since blogging. Staring at the screen…it’s like a sickness! Nothing gets done!

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    Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — June 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Microwaves are a challenging one! There was a time where I swore off microwaves for months, but I just realized it wasn’t practical for me. I can go weeks without a microwave in the summer, but winter at the office, freezing weather, and I need a warm bowl of soup! I guess it’s like anything to do with our health: make the changes you know you can, and stick to them. Realize that you’ll win and you’ll lose, but if you have the best intentions and you make educated choices [and love yourself!] everything will sort itself out.
    In the grand scheme of things, giving Skylar a microwaved oat cake vs. a store bought sugar laden granola bar (not saying you’d give that to her, but you know what I mean), is a much better choice!

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    Pure2raw twins — June 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    love beets! they contacted us too, cannot wait to try them

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    Amy — June 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I love beets! I was just talking about them with a friend today. I know- very exciting conversation! I want to try them roasted. Looking forward to your recipe.

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    Amanda Carew — June 15, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I always feel conflicted about the microwave. We use it here, and it is definitely a time-saver, and for me it reduces my stress, especially when my family often eats different food than me because they like their gluten and mac and cheese…lol. And I hate turning the stove on in the heat. But I always worry that I may be causing damage to my family that I shouldn’t be. Well, i guess I will think about that more tomorrow…after I make a snack in the microwave. lol.

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    Sara (The Veggie-Eco Life) — June 16, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I like beets! But specially red beets… (they are good grilled, as a sauce, steamed, … you can do just about everything with these precious ones).

    I get stuck on my computerscreen way too many times… Specially when I actually have to study (like, uhm, now).

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    Wendy Heath — June 16, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Ahhahaha… I can totally related to the “unintentional” cleanse. Valentine’s Day, 2 years ago… I ate a whole pan of roasted beets before going to my night shift. I peed pink, and went OMG, WTH, (I have frequent UTI’s but that wasn’t something I’d ever seen before)– thank God for Google! First three hits on pink urine were about beets. Well… my hubs and I went up to a nice mountain town after I got off work, and I had several sudden “detours” to the restroom. Let’s just say I’ve never pooped so much in my life. It was *unreal.*

    I still love roasted beets tho!

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    Amber K — June 16, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I think you have completely read my mind with this post.

    1. I was going to answer that I hate beets until you explained getting them fresh and not the gross mushy canned stuff. I don’t think I have ever tried a fresh beet in my life! So I bet I’d like them.
    2. JUST yesterday I tackled so many chores around the house that I have been putting off for weeks and weeks. And now everything looks so beautiful.
    3. And finally, yes, yes, and YES! I can totally get sucked into e-mails, blogs, and Facebook. Where does the time go??

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    Beth — June 16, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I enjoy eating beets, but have never tried the juice.

    Crossed off my list: paid job, travelling to/from my parents, paper / computer work for the paintball field, answering the phone for the paintball field, cleaned the bathrooms, made dinner, did laundry (ours) and started the laundry for the paintball field … oh, and mowed the front yard.

    My computer & I spend WAY too much time together. My paid job, my unpaid job (paintball field), reading blogs, personal email, facebook, etc. Good thing I unplug during the weekends – WiFi is terrible at the paintball field this year.

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