#mindydoesboston

Oh, the hashtag.

Yesterday, I went to a workshop on how to attract more readers to the Kennedy School Review blog. One of the recommendations Nicco Mele gave us was that we use at least 2 hashtags – or ‘#’ for the less social media literate – for each tweet as a way of driving more readers to our content. Now, I’m usually not a fan of hashtags… and Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon outline many of the important reasons why I feel lukewarm about them here. BUT I do love a good hashtag for a weekend of fun with friends. So, when Mindy came to visit for the weekend, we naturally created a hashtag for putting up our photos online – #mindydoesboston.

Many of the photos are below. We probably walked 20 miles over the course of the weekend (no exaggeration). We drank Harpoon beer, relished  some new england lobster rolls, and ate a bourbon glazed, bacon doughnut. Yes, that is a real thing that exists in the world. Mindy was a great sport, and Tom was a skilled Boston navigator. We also walked the Freedom Trail and got a fantastic app with fun facts for our future visitors. Mindy also decided that everything we saw was either the oldest or the best of its kind “in America”. The oldest building, the largest American flag, the best cocktails (at Drink, again)…”in America”. She was a joy to have, and I hope it will not be her last time visiting the Allins.

The same day Mindy traveled back to Jackson, two fellow Tarheels swooped in to take her place. Brendan (Tom’s college roommate) and Lindsey spent a relaxed Monday off with us around Cambridge. Tom took them to one of our favorite sandwich spots – Darwin’s – and they even came with me to do my regular homework procrastination activity – watching Charlie romp around the dog park. We warmed up that evening with some Welker white chili. I woke up at 7am the next morning, and Brendan was already scrubbing dishes in the sink from the night before…Brendan gets the gold star for being such a helpful house guest.

Last weekend also marked the end of busy week in which I took my first (two) midterms in 5 years. I still don’t enjoy them, but it was a little fun to feel the pre-test anticipation in a room full of nerdy students with sharpened number 2 pencils and calculators with fresh batteries. The midterms went just fine, and weekend visitors were a welcome distraction from the intense week of schoolwork.

Finally, Tom and I can’t wait to head to Franklin, North Carolina next weekend to celebrate as two of the most exceptional people we know  –Kaila Ramsey and Matt Garza– get hitched. Tom will be a groomsman, and he finally figured out just which socks to wear in today in Inman Square. Which did he choose? Stay tuned. We’ll let you know after the weekend of merriment!

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Until Next Time!

SA

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