Of Tests and Tortilla Chips

There aren’t often weeks I absolutely dread; there aren’t many Mondays I simply can’t bring myself to face. I’m generally more of an up ‘n at ’em kind of girl than one who tests her efficiency by pushing the snooze button just one more time.

But when this Monday rolled around, all I wanted to do was shut the early-rising sun out of  my east-facing bedroom, pull the comforter tightly around every inch of my body, and fall back to dreamland for the rest of the day. Read: The impending week promised 2 quizzes, 2 exams, and a long battle with a stubborn cold.

That was Monday. It’s now Wednesday, and I’ve spent the entirety of my waking hours either flipping flashcards or drinking yet another cup of tea to chase a yet another bitter dose of cough syrup. Too bad my zoology professor gave her lecture on the difference between eustress (riding a roller coaster, laughing) and distress (you know…) on Tuesday–I might have known better than to overdose on eustress last week so as not wallow in distress this week.

But, fear not! Even if I’m practically bound down between schoolwork and a cold, monotony is one thing to which I refuse to succumb.

Such bland weeks require brief, exciting interruptions, like:

1.) Studying in a place I’ve never studied before. Pick of the week: the UW Law Building. How could you not feel studious here?

2.) Taking my first-ever guided tour of the Madison Capitol building. A history lesson worth hearing.

3.) Making homemade tortilla chips, two ways. Cheddar garlic and cinnamon-sugar. The only thing that hasn’t been decided in my filled week is…which do I eat first?

Homemade tortilla Chips, Two Ways


8 six-inch whole wheat tortilla chips, cut into triangles

Extra-virgin olive oil

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup cinnamon-sugar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle two baking sheets lightly with oil, place tortilla chip triangles on baking sheets, drizzle again with oil. Top chips on one sheet with garlic and cheese, top the others with cinnamon-sugar. Bake in oven until cheese is melted and chips are crisp, about 10 minutes.

What are your strategies for pulling through monotonous weeks or workdays?

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