Taking Care of Business

Earlier in the week I went to the bank and handled some bizness.

Since I own my house here in Aruba but don’t live here full time, I have all my bills set up on auto-draft through a local account.  I had to go into the bank to update some paperwork.  It took forever for a super simple, easy little thing, but I remind myself it’s Aruba and things move a little slower.  A lot slower, actually.

That was fine because it wasn’t exactly sunny and “perfect” beach weather.  It’s what I’d called Squinty Weather.

Just ask Skylar.

With all the humidity here, runs are hot and very sweaty which is the opposite of San Diego which is so dry.

And after a sweaty run, I came inside and did some at-home yoga moves.  My muscles were already super loose and warm and as a rule, when I am in Aruba, I can get into some of the best and deepest, most intense yoga poses here that are much harder at home or in cooler, or drier, climates.

After my workout, I snacked on some fruit

Frozen grapes are the best when it’s hot out!

And ate some well chilled Raisin Bread Pudding Chunks


Thanks for chiming in with your Quiz Answers from my last post.  Those are always so fun to read.  Especially the #18’s!


1. Do you have your bills set up on automatic payments or auto-draft?

I do!  I never used to and actually resisted it for years because I wanted to be able to be able to pay my bills exactly when I wanted to, but now with most companies, it’s so easy to choose the day of the month that they actually debit your checking account or charge your credit card, I figure, why not.

One less thing to think about, or even forget about, and one less envelope to mail and stamp to buy.

Unfortunately it’s not quite as sophisticated in Aruba and there is actually a human being, a lady at the bank, who literally processes each and every bill and pushes each and every piece of paper and sometimes they need clarifications on how things are to be paid, or when, and the concept of every other month billing, i.e. 6 times per year, they can’t process that.  It’s monthly or no dice.

2. Do you ever pay your bills in person?

I don’t and the closest I ever got to this was when I lived in Myrtle Beach.  Lots of my friends, and people in general, seemed to go to the actual business in person, such as electric company or cable company, to pay their bills.  I never understood it and it seemed like a waste of time, but hey, different strokes for different folks.

In Aruba, I am sort of “forced” to go to various companies in person which is a drag. 

I’d rather be on the beach!

Banks and most companies here such as the phone or electric company require a signature on everything. Things in the U.S. that we could handle over the phone with a customer service rep are not like that in Aruba.  You have to go in and sign for everything.  In person.

3. Weekend plans?

I don’t have any weekend plans, but I am going to a blogger meetup later in the day today!  I’ll be sure to post pictures and all the details.

P.S.  Thanks for the entries for the $50 GiveawayKeep them coming and a winner will be announced on Friday.

68 comments on “Taking Care of Business”

  1. All our bills are withdrawn automatically … I hate running errands!

  2. Sounds like things run on Island Tim in Aruba.

    We have a couple of bills set up to automatically go on the credit card, but no one gets access to our bank account. No way! The rest we just pay with online banking.

    My MIL is in town until Saturday morning. So we are spending time with her before heading back out to the paintball field for the daylight hours of the weekend.

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