The Dsh with Tsh

So this week I’ve started a new gig—a weekly column over at Babble. They’ve asked me to write for quite awhile, and I’ve turned them down for over a year, for one main reason: I’m just too busy. That, and I don’t have any more terribly interesting to say. I already write here, I share monthly on (in)courage, and I’m neck-deep working on my next book. What would be left to say? Hi, mostly.

And well, they said I could write about whatever I wanted. I could pretty much say hi. It’s a column, just me, writing about whatever’s on my mind at the moment. I told them, most of the time, my mind is on renovating a house, running a blog network, upcoming travels, and what have I gotten myself in to, raising these beautiful, precious little people?

They said great. Write about that. So I said okay.

So there you have it… Once a week, I’m going to write about what’s on my mind. It’ll mostly be behind-the-scenes stuff: What it’s like to run this blog network that started as a tiny little hobby in my living room four years ago, and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. And also, why on earth central Oregon thinks May means 50 degrees.

Head over there, why don’t you? Today, I’m pulling back the curtain a bit on why my name is spelled so strangely. C’mon, you know you’ve always wondered.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. how fun! unfortunately your link isn’t working for me? it’s asking me to log into wordpress? thanks!

  2. Congrats to you! I have tried and tried to write for Babble, but I’m just not interesting enough 😉

    I’m off to read your article. I’ve always wondered about the spelling of your name!

  3. I sympathize with your springtime weather complaints. As another former Austin-ite, we moved to Dublin last year. Dublin in May means 50 degrees and raining. I am definitely missing the Texas springtime weather!

  4. how fun! i love your name story… it is true, i have always wondered. 🙂

  5. I also love your name story! I grew up in Texas and in my mind, March means beach and swimming. We moved to northern China and well, my little summer time bubble was abruptly popped. I found myself so grumpy come March because of my expectations.

  6. I can’t comment on the Babble site for whatever reason, but there is a Russian letter of the alphabet pronounced Tsh. I never put that together when I heard your name before.

  7. I’m sorry. I not sure about Bend, but in Portland June means 50 degrees too. Or maybe cloudy and and 60, same thing. Did you enjoy fall? Good, because Spring is loooong.

  8. Tsh — what’s the scoop with Babble? I’m curious! I went to their About Us page and I just saw a list of all the employees. I am not familiar with this website… my parenting website browsing time is spent on your blog! Curious about their description/vision. Sorry if I missed this on there! I tried finding it. 🙂

    • It’s basically a large online parenting magazine with quite a bit of op/ed. They have different channels with topics, but I simply write as one of their columnists, which gives me the freedom to write about whatever.

  9. Oh, I do hope you share your posts over here! I have avoided Babble because so many of the bloggers and commenters are so mean… They make you afraid to talk to people with their lists of “stuff I wish people wouldn’t say to me”. They’ve sent an already-shy girl running at the thought of meeting new people…

    My mum’s name is Lona. She doesn’t know where it came from, as her mum chose it, and passed away when she was quite young. There are a couple of others out there, and I’ve seen all sorts of explanations from Welsh to Hawaiian.

  10. I think it’s great! It’ll be nice to get to know you better. I love behind-the-scenes stuff.

  11. What an adorable article, love it! I’m a simple Emily, but my older sister had the great fortune to be named Katharine after our Swiss grandmother, pronounced “kah-tuh-REE-nah” by our paternal relatives. I thought I was playing it safe when we named our son Gabriel, but you’d be amazed how many people read it as, “Ga-bree-EL” – fail 😛
    Glad to know I’ve been pronouncing your name correctly in my head 🙂

  12. Excited for your new gig!! I need to get on the Babble wagon 🙂 I guess you just gave me reason to head on over 🙂

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