Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Apartment Searching

Yesterday, I went up to Edmonton to look for a new home to rent. It's easy to be excited to move and start life in a new (but deadly) city. However, when I was actually up there, things became more real. The difference between this time and my internship in Medicine Hat is that this time it's permanent. 

I went to look at two places. The first place was called The Residence. It's old but renovated. However, the apartment is so small, it's ridiculous. I almost wanted to lay on the bedroom floor to see if I can lay across on it and fit! No.

I was early for my second appointment for viewing #2. So I drove around my new work area to see what is around. Then I found Square 104. I saw this place online, and totally forgotten about it. So I went in and had a quick look. Since I was just walking in, the office manager was nice enough to use the office suite as an example. New and clean. I don't mind. However, only 2 bedrooms were available.

Last place, 7th Street Lofts. Absolutely beautiful. However, the lady seems reluctant and want to show it to another person.

At night I had to pray for forgiveness for forgetting God to be involved in this. Especially for so many times He is with me on all of this, and that He has something prepared for me. And here I am just heading up there looking at places without praying about them. Of course, I got forgiveness, and I read Psalms 127:

"Unless the Lord builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city, 
the watchmen stand guard in vain." ~Psalms 127:1-2

At The Residence, I know I can go cheap and just rent it. However, I know I will be miserable and may even jump out the window! Such a depressing place. The loft is nice, but I will be looking at my finances closely because it's a little over then what I want. So again, I just have to trust God again that He will help me choose the right place. And voila...

This morning Square 104 called and said a 1 bedroom is available Aug 1. Another person was inquiring about it, but since I was there yesterday asking for one first, I got priority. WOW. Isn't that something or what? I forgot about this place, and I drove to it by accident. There were nothing available, and then overnight something comes up and I got priority. God is truly amazing. I am so unworthy of His 1st class treatment but He does it anyways. Love You, God.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I got my Sintra Engineering job! The offer was sent on Friday, and I signed it and returned it yesterday. I am so happy. I really have to praise the Lord. He truly listens to my prayers, despite the fact I'm so small and undeserving. Next step: apartment searching. Oh yeah, the job is in Dead-monton. AGAD. 

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Today was my interview. I made sure I said a few prayers to ensure my best performance at the interview. I was glad it wasn't technical. However, I got the most out of the world question, and it even shocked me: "Describe your desk at home". Huh?! I think this was meant to see if I was an organized person? However, I just described it as a L-shaped desk with my iMac and printer, and above it are two wall shelves: one with my computer things and stationary, and the other with my scrapbooking supplies. I wonder what he made of it.

I can say I feel particularly good about this interview. I have had a total of seven interviews in my entire life:
  1. The Gap
  2. Alberta Transportation internship position
  3. Defense Research Development Canada (DRDC) internship position
  4. Fluor
  5. Hilti
  6. Alberta Transportation full time position
  7. Sintra Engineering (today's interview)
The best interview I had was with DRDC. I didn't get the job I was interviewing for, but since the interview was so good, I got a job there under another supervisor. It was THAT good! Haha. The next best one is Fluor. I came out of it thinking I think I got the job! I was quite proud of some of the answers. Then the third best was today's. Maybe because the questions weren't very technical. I'm not too proud of my answers, but I was very honest and I felt that I was quite qualified for some of the questions he asked (i.e. Have you written any technical reports? - Yes, my thesis is one GINORMOUS technical report.)
Overall, I can't do or say much now. It's all in God's hands, and all I can do is trust. If He has planned this job for me, no matter how sucky I was, I would get the job. However, there is one thing I can improve my chances: write that thank you letter!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Psalms 91:14-16 and Psalms 16:2

Again, I like to do my devotions late at night (I really should start doing them a little earlier). Last night - or VERY early this morning (1 am), I was continuing my reading in Psalms. As I mentioned, earlier yesterday, I got my interview email and I was overly excited. I thanked God right away and I thanked Him again at night. Then He told me this:

""Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy hima nd show him my salvation."" ~ Psalms 91:14-16

Isn't He wonderful? I've been somewhat putting Him aside for a while. Although I love Him and say I trust Him, it wasn't until recently I really started to seek Him and call out to Him. After all I have done, God still loves me and still listens. A while back, I read another passage in Psalms that I now hold very close to me:

"I said to the Lord, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing." ~ Psalms 16:2

I still worry everyday about my career, my relationship, and my future. However, I always remember this, those things are nothing compare to my Father. He is the only good thing I have. With that in mind, everything seems like things that help time go by easier and quicker on Earth. And then, I feel much better.

Interview #3

Yesterday I got a call for an interview with Sintra Engineering. I am SO excited. Although the job is located in Edmonton (not my favorite city, and most likely will never be), the job description is A-W-E-S-O-M-E. When I got the emaill, I first had to exhaust my adrenaline that went through my body by jumping around, and then I had to thank the Lord. I've been praying hard for this and He listened and answered. AMEN.
Approximately 75% of my engineering experiences consist of research and the other 25% is industry (i.e. oil and gas). I love the research portion, but I don't love it enough to pursue another 3 years of school for a PhD. I was never a big fan of joining the oil and gas industry, and I tried it and didn't like it too much. So after I applied for the job posting at Sintra Engineering, I've been praying day and night for a call back, and it came yesterday.
The company focuses on forensic engineering. They find out what and why things went wrong. The position I applied for is for a structural forensic engineer. So from what I understand, I will be solving why a structure failed. This is way too awesome. I have always loved mysteries and trying to solve them. Understanding how things work (or fail) is one of the reasons I stayed in engineering.
The interview is at 10:30 tomorrow. Wish me luck!