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Meeting a Blogger IRL: Pseudonymous High School Teacher

If any of you read the blog called Pseudonymous High School Teacher (aka Winds of Change), you can just bring out your jealous right now because the Goat Lady had lunch with Pseudo in real life and yes, I have the picture to prove it, and no, I didn’t photoshop her in.

pseudo and marg pyramid aleThat’s Pseudo on the left. I’m the goofball on the right.

She was in Sacramento to get away from that awful Hawaiian weather of hers and soak in the 100+ degree heat wave that we Sacramentans all know and love.

Where was this picture taken you ask through your obviously envious gritted teeth? Why, we had lunch at Pyramid Alehouse on the K Street Mall, if you must know.

pyramid alehouse sign sacramento

You don’ t understand why this is such an auspicious occasion. It is because nobody ever comes to Sacramento. They pass through it, maybe use it as a pit stop on their way to Lake Tahoe or San Francisco, but people don’t just come here and stay for a day or five.

So when I found out Psuedo was going to be in town for more than five minutes, I begged her to have lunch with me. “Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze”, I said. Oh, it was pathetic. You would have been so embarrassed for me.

It’s just that I don’t often get to see people in real life. It was all I could do not to pee on the floor when I saw my bloggy friend up close and personal. You understand, don’t you?

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  1. Wow, I just found this. Guess you guys were cheating on me while I was on hiatus. I HEART Pseudo, and you too, Margaret. And you met in Sacramento, of all places. Heh. Well, I hope you talked about me in a good way. 😉

  2. I love that you got to meet your bloggy friend in Real Life! I am looking forward to meeting a few fellow bloggers this summer too! Actually this Saturday!

    1. I know! I can't wait to hear how that goes. Say hello to everybody for me. You don't have to pee on the floor for me if you don't want to, though.

      1. 🙂

        It will be an actual miracle if Kathy, Val and I DON'T end up lost!

  3. Nezzy says:

    Oh you luck duck!!! Now can ya'll see me turnin' an horrific ugly color of jealously green??? Well, let me tell ya it's sure not a pretty sight and so not this Ozark chicks color!!!

    Love the pic…your two are just too darn cute!

    God bless and have a glorious week girl!!!

    1. Thanks, Nezzy! You all have a nice one over there yonder too!

  4. Fabgrandma says:

    yes, of course I understand. I have met several of my bloggy friends in real life–I am always excited to meet them. It makes me feel like I really do have something to say if they take the time to come and meet me, and feel honored to have done it. I can not think of a more cool compliment to receive than having someone who has read what I write, wanting to actually meet me face to face. can we get a squeeeeeee! on that?

    1. I hear ya, sister. And a squeeeeeee! right to ya!

  5. I get that so much! I would love to meet everyone…. especially all of tribal blogs!

    1. We should have some sort of TB meetup somewhere….like Vegas! How fun would that be?

  6. Sacramento is for amateurs. I lived a whole year in Delano…

    But back on topic, lovely to see you both, and the read the story from both sides. Though all the peeing seemed to happen over here.

    1. OK, I can't speak for Delano. Perhaps you win on that account! 🙂

  7. Linda R. says:

    Two lovely ladies having a nice lunch. I'm glad you got to meet. It would be quite the treat to meet my blogging friends. Your friend reminds me a bit of Jane Seymour.

    1. She DOES look like Jane Seymour, doesn't she? I should have caught that!

  8. Well, if this isn't a coincidence, I don't know what is! I too got a chance to meet a gorgeous blogger girl who charmed me and my husband no end yesterday! Oh wait! It was you, Margaret! And in real life you're even better and that's saying something!

    1. Aw, shucks, Ms. Medrano…and may I say the same about you and your lovely husband! What an awesome time I had meeting you. 🙂

  9. Ginger says:

    You both look like you enjoyed the meet. I'm jealous. I want to meet a blogger too:-( well, one of these days…
    I wouldnt discount a photoshop NGIP: how come your window view is soo different from hers?

    1. Uh-oh. I think I've been caught! I didn't think anyone would notice the different views – haha!!

  10. Yep, I totally understand and am more than jealous! It looks like you're having a great time and you both look marvelous darling. Glad you got to meet in person. I'm regular readers of you both and wish I was there too.
    PS Stop by, I'm having another giveaway.

    1. Oh boy! Another giveaway! Oh, pick me! Pick me! Pick me! What? I have to enter?
      Oh. OK!

  11. lisleman says:

    “…pee on the floor…” How many beers did you ladies have?

    I first read about this over at Pseudo's blog. As I commented there, the Pyramid pub would be the big thrill for me. I can only buy in a bottle here.

    1. Well, you know a dog doesn't have to drink a lot of water to wind up piddling on the floor when he/she gets excited. In fact, I didn't even have any beer. (I'm more of a wine girl). And do you really not have beer on draft where you are? Where are you?

  12. Pricilla says:

    I do understand. When Julia from Our Simple Life came by and actually pet me on the head I was so thrilled I did my goat dance of joy!

    I'm glad you had fun with your blog friend.

    1. Oh, how fun it would be to meet you, Pricilla!

  13. Ellen says:

    I absolutely understand …..smiles.

  14. Tim says:

    I have a blogging friend here where I live, but I don't think I would ever ask to meet her. For one, I would feel like a stalker or something and what if they said no? It's like asking someone out on a date. I mean, I've done the dating scene and rejections are tough (yes, I admit I was turned down once. Well, maybe more than once), but to be rejected on the internet? Pause for awkward silence…
    I'm glad you had the courage to ask and that you had a good time. Hopefully, someday I'll meet another life form besides my wife and kids. They do exist, right?
    Oh, I Tweeted a video about some goats sleeping on a billboard down South somewhere (by an IHOP). It should also be on my Facebook profile page.
    Have a great weekend.

    1. Sometimes you just have to stick your hand out. Say, “Hey, if you ever want to have lunch or coffee sometime, let me know” and then judge their response if it sounds like they are interested in maybe possibly considering a potential meetup or not. Or meet them at some group tweetup or something first. And then when you do meet them, don't grope them. That's my tip for the day.

  15. MarinkaNYC says:

    You both look lovely! Can you please photoshop me in, between the two of you? I don't take up much room, you know.

    1. Hee hee! But seriously, I am really looking forward to seeing YOU soon, particularly after recently getting in to the actual Mouthy Housewives Party – woo hoo! Speaking of which, where are my curlers?

  16. britt says:

    I love the pic. You both look so purdy. I'm working on your special prize. I'm cackling to myself just thinking of it.

    1. I'm squirming in my chair thinking of my lovely prize. So between your cackling and my squirming, people will think we're nutso.

  17. debbie_suburbsanity says:

    I do understand and I am oozing jealousy. You are both such fun women and I would love to meet either of you!

    1. Oh boy, same here! Meeting you , I mean. I'm not oozing with jealousy at the moment. But give me time, I'll find something or someone to be jealous over. It happens nearly every day.

  18. Mike S. says:

    Forgot to add that I always loved driving to Sacramento for the day when I was based out of Livermore.

    1. Why. On earth. Would you drive to Sacto for the day when you've got SF right there? Are you crazy?

  19. Mike S. says:

    I totally 'get it'!! There's a bunch I'd love to meet, & 'goat involved woman' is in the top 5;-)

  20. muskrat says:

    Cool! I'm glad I live somewhere that people visit. Meeting a bunch of bloggers in 5 hours, actually, since Dave from Blogography is in town from Seattle!

    1. Woo hoo! Have fun, Muskrat. I'd tell you to tell them I said hello, but you've probably already seen them by now and plus, they probably would look at you funny because they don't know who the hell I am.

  21. Pseudo left Hawaii even though JOHNNY DEPP is there? I could never do that.

    Except to meet you, Margaret!

    I love the word pyramid.

    1. WHAT?? What is Johnny doing in Hawaii? Is he shooting a film? Did he bring his girlfriend? I wonder if he was asking about me.

      My problem is when I think about the word pyramid, I think of “scheme”. And Bernie Madoff. And telemarkters. And consumer fraud. And Amway. And on and on.

  22. Loulou La Poule says:

    Peeing on the floor? My dear, I understand that perfectly!

    Nice that you got to make a blogger meet-up, too! I'll be happy to check her out!

    1. Oh, good so it's not just me. Actually it's sound like there could be a lot more floor pee out there in the world than I originally suspected, what with me not being the only one.

  23. Shieldmaiden1196 says:

    I DO understand, because when Junk Drawer Kathy and Cabbages and Kings Jen CAME TO MY TOWN and stayed for a weekend and ate at my house and petted my cat and toured my ambulance station I did a lot of happy squee-ing.

    1. JunkDrawer says:

      And no pictures of me to prove I was there. I wonder if I should warn the bloggers I'm meeting next weekend about my rules. There are rules, you know.

      1. I remember that meeting! I was so jealous that you all got to see each other then.

        Wasn't there a lot of pictures of shoes? Or was that just Kathy's shoes?

  24. Idothing says:

    Oh, I'm jealous, all right.

    I'm jealous of that Winds of Change lady, 'cuz she got to meet YOU! Of course, I got to meet you, too, but I'd love another shot, over a nice, relaxed lunch. Even in Sacramento!

    1. Idothing says:

      This is why I don't use the desktop computer. Idothing is, in fact . . .


      1. Aww, your poor desktop computer. And I can't wait until the day we meet again. Keep me posted on your every move out of town in case we're anywhere near each other. Unless it's another nude beach. I don't know if I can handle another nude beach.

  25. Smartmouthbroad says:

    I am soooo jealous, it hurts. Now go clean up the floor.

    1. Ha! Thank God it wasn't carpeted is all I have to say.

  26. I totally and completely understand…. we're close in the ether, but the physical is nice, too!

    1. Yeah, it's a great community online, but sometimes it helps to make sure the person really exists to add credibility to one's claim (mine) that one (me) has friends.

  27. Kate says:

    Wow….meeting another blogger IRL. Better than Santa. Good for you, Margaret!

    1. It IS better than Santa, isn't it? Met some more at a pre-BlogHer meetup yesterday in the Bay Area. THAT was a drive and a half!

  28. JunkDrawer says:

    I get to meet not one, not two, but THREE blogging pals next weekend! I'm going to do more than pee on the floor. We're going to have an ambulance on stand-by.

    1. And I can't WAIT to hear about it. From all of you. Pee on the floor for me too, kay?

  29. midlifejobhunter says:

    What fun. I've heard of your blog, Nanny, for quite some time from the Fragrant Liar. So glad I visited as always fun to see what our blogging friends truly look like. Pseudo – I didn't expect you to be such a beautiful woman. That probably sounds bad, but I thought you were more my age, which would make you not so beautiful, and how large a hole can a dig here. Seriously, such fun to see you. Like the changes at your site and you're too skinny. You were supposed to weigh more, like me.

    1. Fragrant Liar is the sweetest! And you are cracking me up with your hole digging!

  30. Pseudo says:

    The pleasure (and the begging) was all mine ; -)

    Seriously cute purple dress Margaret and I love my purple pen.

    1. OK, lets agree to disagree and say it was a mutual begfest.

      And that's right everybody, have lunch with me and you get a pen!

  31. Ash says:

    Totally understand. Psuedo is completely pee-worthy. That's a compliment.

    I bet you gave her the comedy relief she was needing. Glad you two could have some fun.

    1. Pee-worthy! That's awesome! Can I use that?

  32. Jayne says:

    I felt that way when Becky Harks (Aunt Becky) from Mommy Wants Vodka made it to my little neck of the woods and I had lunch with her and her hubby. It's great fun meeting other bloggers that we read and admire. So, yes. I'm jealous.

    Since we're both California girls, Margaret, I hope we can get together one day, too.

    1. Oh man…we were THIS close with the Bloggy Boot Camp. Someday…..someday.

      1. Jayne says:

        I wish someone would do a blog conference in Santa Barbara.

        1. It's words like that that are supposed to make YOU start it. You know that whole entrepreneurial thing. Hmmm, that gives me an idea.

  33. Nicky says:

    Do I understand? Oh I understand! This is how much I understand and how much I am typing through my gritted teeth:

    I want to go to Sacramento too!!

    1. You might be the first person I've ever heard say “I want to go to Sacramento”.

  34. Drew says:

    I knew that was Pyramid before I even scrolled down. No, not because I'm in there all the time but because I used to walk right by that window behind you almost every work day for 12 years. My old office was that building to the north (left if looking at it) church on 11th & J.

    1. So where are you now? I got the impression that Pyramid hadn't been around that long, so did you move recently?

      1. Drew says:

        Pyramid has been there at least 5 years and probably closer to 8 or 9. I can't remember. What I do recall is being irritated because half the (pedestrian) street was closed while they built Pyramid which made it crowded to walk by there. After about 18 mos. of that, Pyramid was completed and the street re-opened but it didn't last for long. The church seen through the window behind you started renovations which closed the other side of the street for another year or two.

        I left the Legislative Data Center (LDC) in 2007. I now work for the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) which is in Natomas in the old Arco Arena. I took the job because it was a promotion (or so I thought). While it was a promotion from level 1 to level 2 and increased my take home by about $300 per month, employees at DCA are represented by the union (LDC is an exception) so I had to start paying union dues at $100 per month. I also lost some other benefits which mostly negated my increased wages. Then the governor ordered furloughs which cut my take home another $1100 per month. Had I stayed at LDC, I would not have been part of the furlough program. So much for a “promotion”…

        OK, I'll quit bitching now and return your blog back to you and your followers. 🙂

        1. Dayam! That's a lot of cutting. I hope this whole furlough cutting thing ends soon so people can start getting their regular paycheck back, otherwise we may have to move to Oregon so we don't get taxed to death when they realize that's the only way out of this mess. Unlesss….hmmm…I wonder if California is too big to fail. I smell a bail out!

          1. Drew says:

            Well fortunately, the furlough program ended June 30th. However I suspect we'll end up taking permanent cuts before the budget mess is over. I only have another year or so before reaching 20 years which gives me medical insurance once I retire (well for now anyway). Once I hit my 20, I will really consider moving outside of state service. Everyone bitches and moans about government employee benefits but don't seem to see that we make way fewer dollars than our private sector counterparts.

            We have become Joe Public's scapegoat for the problems CA faces. What Joe Public doesn't understand is that the biggest part of this mess can't even be blamed upon the Legislature (not that I'm defending its incompetence). The biggest troubles have come from the initiative process and the yes votes over the years on all the propositions that are either bond issues (yes it might be a good cause but borrowing to pay is not the way) or mandated funding levels that restrict the Legislature's ability to redirect funds in tough times.

  35. annsrants says:

    Where is her bean hat? I demand to see her silver jelly belly hat.

    Waving hi to two old bloggy friends. NOT OLD. never. mind.


    1. HA! I will never forget that picture of you in the silver jelly belly bean hat. It's a classic!

  36. Rene Foran says:

    It is always cool to meet a blogging friend IRL! I always get nervous though, like it's a date or something, and then I clam up…for, like, two seconds. 🙂

    1. HA!
      Whenever I meet a new blogger, my mind suddenly either goes completely blank or I become a blithering idiot. I gotta calm down, man.

  37. joaniemack says:

    Oh, I am so jealous that the two of you had a chance to meet and I wasn't there too! You both look so pretty! Glad you had a good time!

    1. I've never had a bad experience yet meeting bloggers in real life. (oops, maybe I shouldn't have said that so loud)

      1. JunkDrawer says:

        I haven't either, but it doesn't stop my husband from worrying that the bloggers I'm meeting are ax murderers on the side. You know, when they're not blogging.

        1. OMG – mine too!!!! I have to check in every hour on the hour or else the SWAT team is sent out to track my cell phone location via GPS with orders to take down whoever is within 3 feet of me.

        2. Long Hollow says:

          My husband and kids think the same thing! What's up with that? Where did we get such bad reputations?

        3. I can promise you and your husband that I am NOT a serial killer or axe murderer! And I cannot WAIT to meet you this weekend! 🙂

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