What am I doing now?


A page inspired by Derek Sivers' Now

– "What's up, Paulo?"

  • I'm a senior art director with tms agency in Chicago, working for McDonald's, using my design skills to fit different kinds of graphic pieces and information together.

> In July '22 our design efforts for McDonald's went public nationally. Although my fingerprints are all over (with tidbits I've done), the drive-thru checkout graphics are mine mine all mine 😊

  • I've been trying to stick to this intermittent fasting eating pattern. I started it on February 2022. Went from 84 kg (185 lbs) down to 73 kg (161 lbs) in 3 months. A miserable experience with great results. But the thing is: if you slip (I did), it is way too easy to gain back whatever you lost.

  • Also, I've been more committed to meditation since January 2022. I felt like taking it more seriously and I've been consistent so far (today is December 16).

> I wake up everyday at 4:40 ~ 5:30 am. I do it for an hour. Always using Insight Timer App to track it.


  • I'm reading "Strange weather" by Joe Hill, "Childhood's end" by Arthur C. Clarke. Been reading these two on the Kindle. And in paper, I started this week "Lazarus" by Lars Kepler and "Novelist as a vocation" by Haruki Murakami.

  • I applied for a place in line to use OpenAI's Dall-e (from the same team that just launched ChatGPT this month), and I've got so much intrigued by this concept, I bought some credits to actually explore this tool more thoroughly. Here are some strange stuff it created based on my prompts:

"Burger and french fries as photo real stained glass"

"Street Fighter video game characters as Egyptian ancient mural painting"

"Batman night scene painted in oil by Vincent Van Gogh"

  • In 2020, when we moved to the US, I started a Google Photos album called Illinois skies.

The album is a variation of the Mexican skies photo collection I created when we moved 2018 from Brazil to Metepec, a small town an hour outside Mexico City.

Geneva, IL

Metepec, Mexico

To emulate the good living experience we had in Mexico, we choose to live an hour out of Chicago. Away from the gray high-rises and traffic jam. Geneva is our home now and we intend to stay here through our daughter's HS.

  • Also from our stint in Mexico, exposed to unusual and exotic local beverages, I started taking pictures of the bottles before sampling the content. I keep doing it to this day. It's even easier to get strange drinks around here.

  • We keep one of the world's most expensive adopted cat: a Mackerel tabby rescue called Suzu.

> While we were 3 weeks away in Brazil sorting documents, she was fostered by good friends in Plano. She managed to forget about us during those days. Once back in our place, it took her 2 days to remember who we are.

Cat tax, per Reddit

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