Happy Pride Month everyone!! I’m kicking things off this year with Buffalo Pride! This will be my first parade ever as Harrison and I am so happy it will be with Buffalo, where my journey to be truly authentic began! I hope to see some of you there, June 4th! If not in Buffalo hopefully another pride this summer. 

Much love, 


buffalo gothic
  • you are sitting in your house when your phone buzzes with a message from your service provider. welcome to canada, it reads. international roaming charges may apply. you haven’t left your home in hours, but it doesn’t matter. canada has found you.
  • you watch from your window as inches of snowfall grow into feet, completely burying your car along with everything you know. soon the window itself is covered, and you anxiously count and recount the items in your pantry. later you will hear that a friend a mile away from you got only a light dusting.
  • the month is may, but it is still snowing. was summer but a dream? has there ever been a time when your bones did not feel this chill? a man walks out of tim horton’s wearing shorts and a t-shirt and you shudder to yourself. is it me, you ask silently. am i the only one who can feel the cold?
  • you search in vain for a local restaurant that does not have wings on the menu. you never call them buffalo wings. you’ve seen what happens to those who do. you order wings with your spaghetti and wings with your steak. you do not have a choice in the matter.
  • a goose the size of a small bus growls at you as you walk towards your bike. you pivot immediately, trying not to show fear. the bike belongs to the goose now. its fangs chomp the air hungrily and you throw it your wallet, just to be safe.
  • the day after easter, you wake up polish. you are clutching a pussy willow with the taste of kielbasa lingering on your lips. everyone you meet is dressed in the colors of blood and bone and they cheer as you walk past. tomorrow they will admit to none of it.
  • one day the sky above is a strange color like a lighter version of a bills jersey. you hear someone call it “blue” and you shrug. the word means nothing to you. you have never seen the sky that color before.

37th annual Subaru 4 Mile Chase last night

This is only my second time running it and even though I give it everything I have, I don’t run it to win (Something about Kenyan runners and prior Olympians), just to compete with myself. It was 75, sunny, and humid, and even though I didn’t hit my goal time, I’m very happy with my performance :) Lots of speedwork to catch up on!

Mile 1: Went out strong, smart, and right on pace. I actually felt really good and was glad - 6:50

Mile 2: Downhill usually means faster. If you’re me though, you fight downhill… Dumb, but hey, I don’t do it on purpose! Still felt okay, but my pace slipped - 7:11

Mile 3: I stepped up my pace a little, but felt my goal slipping away. I was starting to feel the heat, but kept going. I really like the end of this mile (Turning onto Elmwood) even if I’m not a fan of the beginning? - 7:05

Mile 4: This last mile is enjoyably hard. I LOVE running up Elmwood, but definitely get tired. I saw my cheer squad (Grandma, Aunt Sara, Anna, Andrew, and Chanel) on the final turn and made a little comeback - 6:59

Finish: 28:20 - Missed my goal by 20 seconds, but honestly didn’t care. I haven’t “raced” since May and am still recovering from my injury, so not much speedwork. Solid 40 seconds faster than last year, and managed 4th in my AG too :) It was really nice to see so many running friends too!

Post-race dinner with Chanel of Sushi, Elderberry Kevita, and a giant Chocolate Chunk Cookie from the Co-Op

“Pierce’s Palace Hotel, 1880 Prospect Avenue, (Buffalo NY), opened 1878. Considered the jewel of Victorian-era architecture in Buffalo, this “fabulous confection of a sanitarium” was built by Dr. R.V. Pierce to host tourists and invalids who traveled here to receive Pierce’s cure for their ailments. Pierce was a world-renowned peddler of patent medicine who became a millionaire selling bottles of Doctor Pierce’s Favorite Prescription, Dr. Pierce’s Smart Weed and Dr. Pierce’s Pleasant Pellets, most of which contained opium. His Palace Hotel burned to the ground in 1881, three years after opening, and D’Youville College now occupies the site. Pierce later built an Invalids’ Hotel and Surgical Institute at 665 Main St., which drew patients from around the world, before leaving town and losing his fortune in an unwise attempt to tunnel for gold and coal in California."  (photo and text from the Buffalo News)