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—Satan Is My Motor

Go on, ask me how long the Raw Vegan thing  lasted. A whopping three days. On the fourth we ate meat. RD got fussy and the husband was hungry. Let’s be honest, I didn’t contest. It did help us develop better eating habits. We eat lots of vegetables regularly and have continued starting our day with smoothies. When we get snacky fruit and nuts are what we reach for now. Of course, we’ve have moments of weakness. Last night Jason asked if I wanted frozen yogurt a few hours after we ate dinner. I always want frozen yogurt so we loaded up in the car and on our way I said I was still hungry he said he was too. So, instead of going to Yogurt Story we ended up in the Whataburger drive thru. It was pretty funny. That cheese burger was delectable. 

To never giving up cheese again.


Raw Vegan

Alright, this is day two of Jason and my “cleanse.” Eating all raw vegan is technically easy but, lord have mercy, the fried chicken I walked past at the grocery check out smelled phenomenal. I don’t normally want it but now, if asked, I might say fried chicken would be my final meal. Fried chicken, okra gumbo, collard greens, yeast roll… I feel like I’m talking dirty here. You get the picture. So anyway, this diet change has been interesting. Jason initiated it (although I’ve had to be the enforcer). I’m glad he decided on his own he wanted to do this, because there is no way I could eat salad next to him if he brought home, let’s say, Popeyes. I keep thinking about the chicken. I’ve been telling myself those feelings will dissipate after a few days. They will, right? I’ll avoid the chicken at the store next time. It was easy shopping for the first few days. I didn’t leave the produce section, making my shopping trip pretty quick. We’ve gone through our groceries quickly. Next trip i’ll buy produce at Costco (which actually is way better than Sam’s in this department). I need to do some research on recipes. So far it’s green/fruit smoothies for breakfast and salads for lunch and dinner with fruit and nuts as snacks. You’re allowed water with lemon or mint and strawberries as my buddy made me this evening. I did drink a glass of red wine. I decided I’ll try not to do it again, so to make this really count. This is an effort to be healthier and gives opportunity to practice will power.
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If you know of any tips or recipes. Please let me know!

Wish me luck. jane

I run with the hunted, and if I’m not the happiest man on earth, surely I’m the luckiest man alive.

—Charles Bukowski

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This morning I did a work out. A workout called Zumba. I’ve been hearing about it for a while and my buddies say it’s based on latin dancing, and we all know how I love to dance. Now, I’m in no position to pay to work out. So, inspired by my older sister who posted a Zumba workout to Justin Bieber’s Baby (I never should have made fun of the kid, that song is very danceable), I looked Zumba up on YouTube and came across this workout. It’s seriously fun and I seriously got winded. The quality of the video isn’t great, but hey I figure it is free. Plus, Jason would love to catch me doing this when he gets home from work. I also decided I’ll be doing these leg exercises. I can do them while we watch TV or when RD plays on the floor. Working out is easier when it’s fun. So instead of finding “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” on DVD, I’ll enjoy this updated version of the dance workout. And thanks to my younger sister I’ve got Justin Bieber’s Baby on my computer to share with all of you. 

So let’s say “Farewell to Fat” together and enjoy not having to listen to Richard Simmons talk us through it.

Adios a la grasa.


At least I didn’t die

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful. 


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—Dancing Machine

After a fun night of dancing like a maniac, I wake up feeling like a moron. It only lasts a few minutes, but I think back to about 5 minutes after that shot of, “Whatever you got left, Mr. Bartender” and see myself dancing like I got a degree in shake my ass. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE dancing… LOVE dancing.  I’d do it everyday and get a serious workout, mind you. And thank God for weddings because he knows I’d have a difficult time dragging the husband into the kind of dancing establishment that would accommodate the kind of dancing I prefer; while I love country music, its not my first choice for dancing. Maybe its where I come from, maybe its just in my bones (which is what I like to tell my husband), but when I dance, I’ve got to dance like its my last chance. You like how I say, “I’ve got to?” It sure feels that way, because if it was up to how I felt the morning after the last time I danced, I probably would tone it down. But put me in a dark room with loud music and Jane Wayne takes over. I’ve got no voice in the matter. Seriously. I LOVE dancing. 

So here’s to last night and the opportunity to do what I love best, despite the morning after bashfulness, because lets be honest the next time opportunity presents itself I’ll be dancing like a wild woman again. Promise. 


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—And Your Bird Can Sing

Yes, yes. I know I’ve been away a while and we’ve only just met. To make up for it, here is an easy and impressive recipe for you.

Engagement Chicken, this is what I made for my in-laws when they came to town. They thought I bought it, which makes me proud. This was only the second time I have cooked a whole animal. It was a strange goal of mine, but one I felt I needed to accomplish. Cooking a whole bird sounds intimidating, but it was very simple. Now, I followed these directions, mostly. First off, I didn’t make the sauce. I ran out of time, as per usual. Here is what I did in addition to the directions in the link.

- Added carrots to the onion mix

- Rubbed a handful each of thyme and rosemary under the chicken skin

(to do this, simply pull up the skin near the base of the tail and make a slit big enough to get your hand in there and peel up the skin around the top part of the chicken and shove in the rosemary and thyme. Try to distribute evenly.)

- Pierced top of the bird 6-8 times and pushed 1/2 garlic cloves into the holes. 

I baked as directed. 

The bird and veggies were delicious. I served it with a huge baby greens salad w/herbs (box from Krogers), tomatoes, red (purple) onion, and Marston’s San Pasqual Salad Dressing (purchased at Central market). 

So, I hope you can forgive me. Enjoy the bird (and impressing your guests)!