June 20- Went to work and then met Miranda and Joe for dinner at Sink Swim. I was so-so on the food.
June 21- This is going to get boring because I’m on a pitch which means back and forth from Leo Burnett everyday.
June 22-This is going to get boring because I’m on a pitch which means back and forth from Leo Burnett everyday.
June 23-This is going to get boring because I’m on a pitch which means back and forth from Leo Burnett everyday.
June 24- Went to work and then Steph and I went out and got hammered. It was awesome. And we ended up with a face full of chicken at the SoHo House.
June 25-This is going to get boring because I’m on a pitch which means back and forth from Leo Burnett everyday.
June 26-This is going to get boring because I’m on a pitch which means back and forth from Leo Burnett everyday.
June 27- This is going to get boring because I’m on a pitch which means back and forth from Leo Burnett everyday.
June 28-Dinner with Miranda and Joe at Boeufhaus. I love that when the three of us go out, we just split everything. Best steak in the city by far.
June 29- Last day of the pitch.
June 30- YES! No work. Went to a Cards Against Humanity game at Hootenanny. So much fun and I came in third place.
July 1- Alison’s birthday dinner at Green Street Meats. I lasted a couple of hours and then had to bail. I’m so tired.
July 2- “Dream’s Do Come True” party at Miranda’s. Molly bathed in a tub of macaroni and people ate a cake with their faces. It was a blast. Then onto TexFest2 where Amanda made some great margaritas and I got to hang out with my Texas ad buddies.
July 3- BBQ party at the Herzer’s. 360 rooftop view of fireworks ain’t a bad way to spend an evening.
July 4-Went to eat at Lock Down with Miranda and watched the fireworks from home.
Not taking Ubers/cabs made me face my horrible sense of direction and appreciate what it means to commit to public transportation everyday. That being said, my new goal is no Ubers/cabs to or from work anymore. It’s totally doable.
Total number of Ubers saved: 42
Total cost savings (Avg. $10/ride): $420
Miles walked: LOTS
I decided to launch a series of 30 day experiments.
About me: My name is Kelly Butler and I’m a freelance advertising copywriter from Texas, currently splitting my time between Chicago and LA. You can view my portfolio at kellybutler.com. Or don’t. Honestly this blog is all about keeping me accountable to doing 30 days of things that scare the shit out of me.
I promised myself that I would still go to all the “drinking” events I was invited to, only I just wouldn’t be the one drinking. The last time I went 30 days without a drink was… actually I have no idea. That’s how long it has been.
So far, I’ve been around booze 24/7 and not had a drop to drink. Here’s where I’m at with my “Booze-a-meter” (that’s how many drinks I think I would have consumed):
Monday: Kristi’s birthday at Pequods. Booze-a-meter: 4 beers (pizza takes 40 minutes just to cook so… yeah…you gotta kill that time somehow).
Tuesday: Did my first podcast interview, with an old friend, at 6:30 PM in the dark of an abandoned conference room. And the ad agency where I’m freelancing has a kegorator. Booze-a-meter: 1 beer (Even with no booze I ended up crying on the podcast when I mentioned my grandmother and now that shit is out there… like FOREVER… sigh).
Wednesday: Dinner with Miranda and Joe. Booze-a-meter: 3 Manhattans (I’m just going to assume we’d all be drinking the same thing in the same amount because we like whiskey).
Thursday: Meet Helen for happy hour and dinner with Carolyn and friends Booze-a-meter: 2 bourbons + 4 glasses of wine (the evening also involved a little shopping and, even without any liquid courage, I managed to buy a pair of Italian wedges at Delicious Shoes).
Friday: Workplace happy hour and dinner at Chicken Shop with Vanessa Booze-a-meter: 4 Bulleit on the rocks (Vanessa, for the record, only had ONE DRINK… I can barely grasp that concept even now).
Saturday: Day drinking with Nora and Terra, but mostly Nora Booze-a-meter: 6 beers (Nora and I tried to leave THREE times and came back for more beers. So we had to open three different tabs). And then I went and saw Eye In the Sky Booze-a-meter: 2 beers
Sunday: Day drinking at Miranda’s house party Booze-a-meter: 4 scotches + 2 beers (I bought Miranda and Joe a Sodastream just so I could bring my bottle over there and use it for myself. I am the most selfish gift giver, ever).
Booze-a-meter Total: 32
I’m still not over the realization that I would have consumed 32 drinks last week. Hopefully I won’t be as busy this week.
Monday: Lunch with James Booze-a-meter: 2 Manhattans followed by my first session with a stylist at Trunk Club Booze-a-meter: 1 bourbon (the shop has a full bar in it… of course it does… so does my nail salon… I’m totally serious.)
Tuesday: Zipfit came to my agency’s office to fit folks for new jeans, so those are on the way (seems like a cool service). Then lunch with Katie at Doc B’s Booze-a-meter: 1 beer (I occasionally like a beer at lunch). Later, dinner with Miranda and Joe at Happy Camper Booze-a-meter: 1 beer. And then we met a new friend, Rambo (long story) Booze-a-meter: 1 bourbon
Wednesday: Met the girls at Bin 36 for our weekly Winesdays (great new location). They specialize in wine flights Booze-a-meter: 3 glasses of wine.
Thursday: Drinks and dinner with Vanessa. We first stopped at Moneygun and ran into my friend Theo. Then we went to Swift and Sons and ran into my friend Theo. It ended in oysters followed by La Sirena. Booze-a-meter: 4 scotches
Friday: Holy crap this was a long night. Drinks with Laureen at the Broken Shaker (love this bar in the Freehand hotel) Booze-a-meter: 2 Manhattens. Drinks with friends at Geek Bar (quick stop) Booze-a-meter: 1 beer. Marissa’s get together at Happy Village Booze-a-meter: 4 vodka sodas.
Saturday: Busy day. Brunch with Elizabeth and her mom at Snaggletooth Booze-a-meter: 0 Bloodies (they didn’t serve alcohol). Met Jennifer B. at Emilio’s for some day drinking Booze-a-meter: 3 margaritas. Then I went on to see the Jungle Book Booze-a-meter: 2 beers (I arrived early).
Sunday: Client requested I turn around revisions in 24 hours. I spent the first 23 hours procrastinating and stressing over said request. Then I did the changes. Booze-a-meter: 0 (I don’t drink much at home for some reason).
Booze-a-meter Total: 25 drinks