Those of you paying close attention may have noticed that the 30 days of 30 technically lasted only 29 days (Jan 5-Feb 2). There were also a couple of unclaimed days in there, but I filled them by hanging out with my mom and a co-worker.
BUT… the 30 days aren’t really over yet. When this blog goes live, I’ll be in Chicago for the finale, so I’m counting my party on Saturday as the 30th day.
If my calculations are correct, here are some other interesting numbers about my 30 days:
60– Number of people I celebrated with this month.*
36– Number of locations– 16 restaurants, 11 bars**, 1 bakery, 1 arena, 1 bowling alley, 1 movie theater, 1 out of town location (Galena), 1 shopping center, and 3 private residences.
The most common location for 30 days activities was Bunny’s, followed closely by a tie between Crane Alley and Boltini. This is notable because I probably haven’t been to either of these places much in the past year, but I really like them. Houlihan’s and the Courier were the most popular non-drinking establishments.
6– Number of places I’d never been before: Galena, Bridget’s house, La Gourmandise Bistro, The Brass Rail, The Sandwich shop (whose name I’ve yet to look for), Cakes on Walnut.
14- Number of different activites: lunch, dinner, drinks, dessert, Illinois game, bowling, LOST watch, movie, snowboarding, Superbowl party, live band, book club, story teller, trivia
15– Number of times I went out for lunch
13-– Number of times I went out for drinks
6– Number of times I went out for dinner***
2– Number of times I went out for dessert. Again, notable because I rarely go out just for dessert.
2– Number of Illini games watched**** (one at the Assembly Hall, one at Bunny’s)
2– Number of things I’d never done before: go snowboarding and listen to a professional story teller
0– Number of pounds I’ve gained. Seriously. I definitely feel fatter/less healthy, but according to the scale, my weight is the same.
I don’t even want to think about the number of drinks or calories I consumed. Thank goodness I didn’t have this “by the numbers” idea earlier or else I really would turn into the guy from Supersize Me. Lol.
More importantly, though, I’m amazed at the number of things I was able to cram into one month… and the number of people I convinced to “play along.” It was really a great experiment and I’m glad I did it. I highly doubt 31 days of 31 are in my future, though :)
In case you missed them (or just want to relive the fun), here are the weekly recaps:
Notes on the Methodology
*Includes only people in “my party” and does not include repeats (i.e. if I had lunch with Lisa one day and happy hour another, she is only counted once).
**For this purpose a bar is defined as a place primarily for drinking whereas a restaurant is an eating establishment. I chose to count them based on why/when I was there. (i.e. Farren’s is a bar/restaurant, but I was only there for lunch, so it gets counted as a restaurant.)
*** This number is probably lower than it should be. I counted an event as drinks if drinking was the primary purpose of the activity (i.e. happy hour). It’s more than likely that dinner was also consumed.
**** Again, possibly artificially deflated. There may have been an Illini game on during a happy hour that I did not record as a “game watch”