There’s a lot of awesomeness in the world, but very little of it gets the recognition it deserves.
Like, when was the last time you gave big ups to your orthodontist? I know that without mine I’d still have a snaggle tooth, so I’d like to say thank you, Dr. Chong, and give you a shout-out. Thanks to you and to all of the people, places and things that make my life better.
Things like frozen broccoli, ponytail holders, two-ply toilet paper — all of you deserve a shout-out!
The idea’s catching on. Shout-outs went viral on Twitter this week (LOL!), with inspired tweeters giving props to everything from single parents, to mix tapes, Snuggies, brow waxers and Santa Claus.
So, in the spirit of
Christmas long overdue recognition, here are nine shout-outs I would like to give (in no particular order).
1. The inventor of Nutella
Despite my rapidly expanding bum, I’d like to give a shout-out to Mr. or Mrs. Nutella (YOU ROCK!). For me, your chocolaty hazelnut spread changed whole wheat toast forever. There, I said it.
But sometimes I’ll skip the toast and have it with sliced strawberries or peaches, or maybe just on a spoon all by itself (try it with a sprinkling of sea salt), YUM!
And some shout-outs segue to other ones, like this one I’d like to give to…
2. The inventor of the treadmill
I still love running outside, but the elements and I don’t always get along. Plus, my knees aren’t what they used to be, and the treadmill’s softer surface is more forgiving than pavement.
Run, Forrest! Run!
3. The shoe section at Marshalls
They could have called it Discount Shoe Nirvana, a store within the store, because that’s exactly what it is.
I stopped by the one near my house last night and found these two pairs of ankle boots…
El Hub calls these my “Golden Girls shoes”
The brown Carlos Santana boots were $35, marked down from $75, and the gray Bamboo boots were $25, marked down from $36. Not bad, considering that either pair at a department store like Nordstrom could have cost $50 or more.
4. People who foster rescue animals
You deserve a BIG shout-out for giving animals a second chance.
5. The salad bar at Whole Foods
It must be visited with budgetary restraint in mind, lest you leave having spent $15 on corn and arugula, but it’s the best salad bar I’ve ever seen. Always fresh, a great variety, and I think I even feel a little better after I’ve gobbled down some greens.
6. Supportive people
I’d like to give a shout-out to all of the supportive partners, parents and friends out there. I raise the roof to you!
7. Granny panties
Yeah, they’re ugly as all hell, but they help to hide my tummy when I’m bloated. Oh, and I also wear ‘em when I work out because they never ride up, like when I’m doing lunges. Wait — I’m actually wearing a pair right now. They’re mint green and totally hideous!
8. Random strangers who smile back at me when Iâ€™m walking down the street
My mom likes to say, “Smile, and the whole world smiles with you.” It’s just a brief, fleeting moment, but the gesture makes me feel connected and reminds me of the kindness of others.
Okay, you knew I’d have to get a little sappy here, right? I’d like to give a shout-out to you. Thank you for spending part of your days with me. Can you believe it’ll be four years as of next February? Four years!
Old school Makeup and Beauty Blog, early 2007
Thanks for being so considerate, thoughtful, exciting and unique.
Your turn! Do you have any shout-outs to give? Share yours in the comments. You can give as many or as few as you’d like. I chose to do nine because…I always do nine. But you could give none, one or even 22!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,