Jessica Ryan
Jessica Ryan

Chances are you're spending this week either nursing your St. Paddy's Day hangover or scoping out the best study spots in Norlin. This can only mean one thing: spring break is coming. It always seems to sneak up on us, leaving us without plans and searching for ways to pass the time.

Well nerds, I've got some suggestions for you.

How's that Goodreads "to-read" shelf treating you? Spring break is a great time to blast through some of the easier-to-read books you've been lusting after — or to read ones you're already familiar with. Choosing simpler books will ensure you finish before returning to class, and it'll help relieve all your post-midterm stress. Reading "easy" books will decompress your brain while keeping it active and entertained.

Take some time to get caught up on your favorite TV shows. "How I Met Your Mother" may have sort of jumped the shark, but this season has had some pretty endearing moments (not to mention "Thank you, Linus," which might be my favorite running gag of the entire show). The series finale airs just as spring break wraps up, and I know you secretly need to know how it ends, even if you've been groaning along the last season or two.

If you weren't able to score a plane ticket back home or to some other fabulous destination, never fear — you can take a culinary trip around the world right here in good ol' Boulder. The newly-renovated Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, a gift from our sister city in Tajikistan, has fantastic food from all over the world, including Malaysian Sambal and Mexican Tinga Poblano. If the weather's nice, there's a seating area near the creek that'll get you so amped for spring you won't know what to do with yourself. (Plus, you can nerd out on the tea selection.)

Museums are my favorite place to nerd out and learn about something new. Whether you're in Colorado or somewhere else, check out the museums your area has to offer, big and small. Sometimes small museums, like the Loveland Museum and Gallery, manage to score seriously impressive temporary exhibits.

And if all else fails, an extra week with nothing to do is never a bad time to catch up on all the things you've been putting off. I know, I know: procrastination is the fuel that keeps your nerd fire burning. But sometimes, you've just got to grit your teeth and get things done ... like taxes.

Hopefully these tips will help you have fun during spring break — and, if not, summer is luckily right around the corner.

Jess Ryan is a community manager and CU grad. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @JessicaLRyan