Operation Skinny Jeans: That one time I met the Oatmeal

Thursday, August 21, 2014

That one time I met the Oatmeal

I have been meaning to write about this for a while, and so why not today.

2 things you should know about me.
1. I am a nerd.
2. I love The Oatmeal.

A few months ago Denver had its annual Comic Con and I, of course, went. There were a lot of famous people that came, which was awesome, but none that I was as excited to see as The Oatmeal aka Matt Inman. I started reading The Oatmeal, his web comic, like 3 years ago, and I fell in love. His wit is just my style and I can't help but laugh at or relate to everything he creates. I have shared quite a bit of his stuff on my FB page because he writes a lot about health and fitness and the struggle.

A year or so ago he came out with a comic about running. The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons I Run Long Distances. It was right when I was starting to get into running (or try to) and I loved his perspective. For once he was someone talking about running that didn't involve rainbows and unicorns! He talked about how it was hard and worth it and about the Blerch and all of that. All the stuff I could relate to. All this time I thought I was doing it wrong. I thought maybe running wasn't for be because it wasn't fun. It hurt and it sucked and I never enjoyed it, which seemed so different than what the rest of the world described. Except him.

The Oatmeal

So when he was announced as a guest at Comic Con, I had to go. I mean I was going to go anyway, its a meeting of my people, but I had to go see him. Here is another fun fact. My sister is a big fan too. And she lives really far away (i.e. in a different country) so I wanted to go and get an book autographed for her to surprise her. (note- I am terrible at surprises so she knows about it so I am not ruining the surprise here)

At Comic Con, I went to see him speak at his panel, which was awesome, then I waited in line to get his autograph. We waited for over an hour and a half, because he spent time to talk to and connect to every person in the line, and I was happy to wait. My husband and best friend, not as much but they love me so they stood there with me :D.

During his panel. 
When it was finally my turn, I tried to hold back the urge to word vomit how much I loved his stuff and blah blah blah but I am pretty sure I failed. But what I do remember is telling him about my sister, who loves broken kitties, like he does, and about how I was working on running and hoping to run a half marathon in the future. He was so nice and we talked about his cat and how the half marathon is his favorite running distance, and how its an awesome goal and how hard it would be to run here in Colorado compared to other places because of altitude and it was just a great 3 minute conversation. In the two books I got autographed, he drew a picture of a cat for my sister and a Blerch for me.




So yea.

It was a really awesome time and it was great to have a one on one convo with someone I super admire. And if you haven't heard of The Oatmeal, you should fix that in a hurry. Here are a few of my favorites to entertain you :D

This one
This
lol this one
Story of my life

Yeah just go here and read all of them.

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7 comments :

  1. I love The Oatmeal! Are you doing his Virtual runs/walk coming up in September?

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  2. I freaking LOVE the oatmeal. So jealous!

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  3. How cool that he took the time to add the drawings to the autograph!

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  4. Ahh! So cool! One of my life goals is to go to comic-con. Doesn't have to be in San Diego, though I wouldn't be opposed!

    --www.maintainingmadness.com

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  5. EEEEEEEEEE I literally squealed for you while reading this. That's so cool!

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  6. Love The Oatmeal!!! And the dishwasher one, so me, my husband can't stand the way I load the dishwasher.

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