Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 5:52 p.m.

The rage gremlin that was known to haunt the library during my undergraduate years surfaced over the weekend. This can only mean one thing.

Finals season is upon us!

This December, thanks to the nature of English graduate classes, I don’t actually have final exams during WVU’s finals period. In fact, all of my work for my first semester of grad school is completed and submitted. Small moment to pause for the most exaggerated of Kip Dynamite gestures: Yessssssssssssssssssssssss.

The regrettable flip-side of my finals boon appeared yesterday afternoon in the 36 folders piled high on my desk. Those same final portfolios that I was so flummoxed about last week are here en masse.

As my students hunker down to study for their finals, I will be power-grading their 50-page bodies of work.

And to ensure that the paper writing rage gremlin does not transform into a paper grading monster, I plan to periodically enjoy the absurdity of goats, dogs and "30 Rock," Buzzfeed- and Tina Fey-style.

In addition, it snowed this morning in West Virginia; and neither Charlie nor her boyfriend, Blue, could contain their excitement. So, as an ode to the insanity that will temporarily visit pretty much every student in the Chattanooga area during finals, the two pups made their own animals-being-crazy slideshow.

Enjoy and good luck!

8:55 a.m.: We have officially made it to the snow play zone. Why are you stalling with this picture-taking madness? (Photo: Maggie Behringer)
9:04 a.m.: I just sprinted around the whole park and up all four hills and then around the park again! This is the BEST thing ever, Mom! (Photo: Maggie Behringer)
9:05 a.m.: Hey, where have you been for the last 10 minutes? (Photo: Maggie Behringer)
9:06 a.m.: We MUST play NOW! But also, I MUST lick the snow. (Photo: Maggie Behringer)
9:07 a.m.: Oh, wait. First, I have to roll around for a second. (Photo: Maggie Behringer)

Because Charlie Barley Behringer could not simply disappear from, Mountain to Mountain will follow her and her mother's adventures, dispatch-style, in Morgantown as they tackle graduate school, first-year teaching and living in West by-God Virginia. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not or its employees.

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