March 29, 2011 by Darlene McC
NO, not together! (eww)
Something New #33 – Mythos
It’s a very clear memory, the first time I rock climbed. Though it was outside, it was an artificial wall erected at the county fair and I came back so many times the guy working it stopped charging me (maybe he felt bad that I had no friends and was with my mom…). It was 12 or 13 years before I started climbing with any regularity or outdoors on actual rocks; and the coyotes I bought then are 1 bad slip away from a toe blow-out.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve tried to find other shoes before; but I’m a difficult fit and a bit of a whiner when it comes to my feet. Luckily the girl at the local EMS was patient, and also flat footed, so she knew where I was coming from. I ended up taking home the La Sportiva Mythos. According to Madame Sales-Lady it’s a great shoe for those long gunks climbs, and since I’m hoping to start multi-pitch this summer I’m going to want a shoe I can stand to be in for more than 20 minutes.
They’ve got a great unique lacing pattern that allows for a nice close heel fit; which is exactly what the Dr ordered for my blister-prone tootsies. Can’t wait to break ’em in.
Something New #34 – Corn Meal Banana Bread
This one was a delicious accident. On a day when I promised myself I wasn’t going to leave the house unless it was on fire (it almost did, but that’s a story for another time) I attempted to combat some writers block by making banana bread… but low and behold, as I start mixing it all up I find that we’re almost out of flour from the last weekend pancake fest; and there was no way I was putting on pants and going to the store if I could help it. In my kitchen foraging I found a bag of corn meal my best friend dumped on us when she moved to LA and thought “why the hell not?”.
Let me just say: awesome. Replaced 3 parts cornmeal to 1 part flour in the normal recipe and it made it thicker, heartier, and more moist. Lovin’ it.