Step 1. Let everyone know I'm back (check - accomplished by said surprise party)
|Delicious welcome back cake from Dinkle's for the party|
Step 2. Rebuild my bikes after they were shipped from CA to reacquaint myself with the neighborhood (check)
Step 3. Get an Illinois license (check)
|The DMV line wrapped around the building. Exchanged a CA for an IL in 2 1/2 hours |
(100% on the written test! Booya!)
I am also on the hunt for a job. So while I get back into the social scene, I also need to get myself back into the Chicago planning world. For this I also have a multi-step plan:
Step 1. Join professional and neighborhood groups
American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter, Young Planners Group (check)
Wrightwood Neighbors Association - Planning Group (check)
43rd Ward (they offered an unpaid internship, but I am now on the newsletter list to hear about events, so a half check?)
Step 2. Go to planning events
Illinois State Bicycle Plan Public Meeting (check)
A few more coming up...
Step 3. Meet with old colleagues (ongoing, half check)
Had lunch today with a former supervisor and setting up more. This is fun not just for professional purposes, but it's just great to see old friends and catch up. Plus, it gives me a reason to get out of the apartment during the day.
Step 4. Stand out of the crowd (step in development)
It's good to be home!