The only thing worse than having a stack of grading is having a stack of grading leftover from last quarter.
Ever do this? And think it is a brilliant idea? You know, where you tell students that if they want their final papers they will need to make an appointment the following quarter to come pick it up? Yes, it is a wonderful way to ease the grading load at the end of the term --- make a few cryptic pencil marks, leave a few post-its, and stack it in a pile with papers of similar quality, and you have saved yourself the time and effort of writing up extensive end comments on something that no one will ever look at again.
Except that then you do get a pile of requests to get papers and questions from students who want to know "how you liked it." Not the whole class, but enough of 'em. I seem to be getting more of them these days. Smack in the middle of beginning-quarter craziness. But you know you have to do this now, because if you hold it off until the first stack of this quarter's papers come in, you will be screwed and want only to die.
Grumble grumble grumble grah. Remind me to bring last quarter's reader back in so I can check up on a few things in this paper. Spring break is not long enough. Right here, this is what makes the quarter system suck. Pththhththtptp!