I'm experiencing something quite common in, well, everybody--but perhaps especially in grad students. I'm going through a case of burn-out right now. This week has consisted of one piece of bad news after another, from my car still being broken after a $2,500 investment to more pressing personal issues. Add to that the fact that I had to finish a paper, grade three weeks' worth of my students' work that I got behind on, develop a lesson plan for today on the Vietnam War, read a thick book that is important enough to merit an actual read instead of a skim, and, through it all, maintain my sanity. I'm pretty much done. Burn-out is upon me.

The weekend will help. In the meantime, YouTube videos, personal writing, and this BuzzFeed article help. The article is titled "33 Dogs That Cannot Even Handle It Right Now." It's filled with, well, pictures of dogs who Just. Cannot. Handle. It. Seriously, they can barely contain their happiness and excitement. And, strangely, their happiness has worn off on me a little bit.

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I'm going to blockquote the BuzzFeed captions for the pictures I've selected, because they kind of make the pictures. Without further ado:

This dog who just CANNOT handle this water right now.

This dog that cannot physically wait any longer for this piece of food.

This dog who can't handle this new hat he just bought at the thrift shop.

This dog who is so freakin' happy, he just physically CANNOT.

This dog who kinda looks like he's handling it right now, but deep down, he can't...he just can't handle it.

This dog who CANNOT handle the number of jelly beans in front of him.

This dog who's just...he JUST CAN'T. HE CANNOT. handle life right now.

THIS dog who canNOT. CAN. NOT. HANDLE. this ball.

Okay, enough of that...I can't handle any more! Please look at all of them. On to the tops!

March 22, 2013

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March 21, 2013

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