The quiet returns

2nd Tuesday after Pentecost

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Part 1 of the relatives departure was on Sunday when Paul ko-ko headed back to Malaysia just after church. Part 2 was last night when Daai Yi Ma, Choo-Choo jeh-jeh and the two little ones headed back. After 2 and a bit weeks of a heckuva lot of noise here in the house, we’re back operating at a relatively normal level of noise (my estimation is around 60-65dB). …

That plus I can also shower without constantly fearing that my ensuite door will be opened up by my youngest niece (who is one helluva cheeky bugger!) AND … given that next week is exams, it’s also timely in that I can actually get down to some study without the two of them constantly running into my room every 20 minutes asking me to play PSP with them, read something to them or to just plain old muck around with them; yesterday afternoon, the “muck-around” involved a two-on-one pillow fight where I, of course, didn’t bother to hit them back with the pillows (it wouldn’t be fair, with one smite of a pillow by me on both of them, I coulda prolly knocked both of them out).

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My mind keeps drifting off thinking about what I’m going to do once this semester finishes and I’m back to working full time again. I have to keep reminding myself that the semester isn’t over and there is a very real chance that I could just balls up one or both of my exams (next Tuesday and Wednesday) meaning that I’ll have to engage in more tax study next semester. Something I do not want to happen.

My chances of that happening are now somewhat reduced, given the results I got for both of my research papers. I did get a solid distinction (80%) for my “ATAX0428 – International Tax: Design & Structure” paper (was expecting a low to mid-credit for it, roughly 65-70%; 65% if Matthew was marking the paper or 70% if Nolan was marking it). The big surprise was with my “ATAX0422 – Goods & Services Tax: Design & Structure” research paper as quite frankly, I thought it sucked big time (my analysis of Value Added Taxes on e-commerce transactions, I thought, was quite weak). ‘Twas only expecting a mid to high pass for it (60-64%). Was gob-smacked last Thursday afternoon when I checked my grades on WebCT Vista and found out that my lecturer, Jacqui, gave me a low-high distinction (86%) for it. That one equalled the highest mark that I think I’ve ever received for an assignment/paper (I know I did get two other 86% high distinctions for my 1st Law of Companies, Trusts & Partnerships assignment in my undergraduate degree and in my “ATAX0426 – Taxation & Investment Regulation in China” post-grad subject back in Semester 2, 2005).

Will be interesting to see the feedback on it when they arrive back in the post sometime this week hopefully.

These days, the invitatory to all the Daily Offices (apart from Vigils) seems to have permeated nearly all times during my day. I find myself ruminating on verse 1 of Psalm 69(70) at the most random moments of my day:

O God, come to my assistance.
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Along with that invitatory, there’s another verse (and verses that follow) that keep popping up as well during various parts of my day, usually when I am just plain well feeling like crap. It would be particularly familiar to anyone in my readership who has already made solemn profession (as far as I understand, it forms part of the profession liturgy); (I doubt that there are Benedictine monks and nuns/sisters out there that do read this blog, but one can never be certain). From the Vulgate, it reads:

suscipe me secundum eloquium tuum et vivam et non confundas me ab expectatione mea
adiuva me et salvus ero et meditabor in iustificationibus tuis semper
sprevisti omnes discedentes a iustitiis tuis quia iniusta cogitatio eorum
praevaricantes reputavi omnes peccatores terrae ideo dilexi testimonia tua
confige timore tuo carnes meas a iudiciis enim; tuis timui

In English:

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope.
Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually.
You spurn all who go astray from your statutes;
for their cunning is in vain.
All the wicked of the earth you count as dross;
therefore I love your decrees.
My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgements.

Psalm 118(119):116-120 (NRSV)

Indeed, Lord, uphold me in spite of my many shortcomings and grant my petition that this next week and a half will go by smoothly and that I may come out from this final period of post-graduate university exams unscathed in body, mind & spirit. Amen.

Pax,
+ bf 1852hrs

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