Indoor and Outdoor

Some years ago I coined the terms indoor coffee and outdoor coffee. The first is what you make at home and the latter is what you buy outside. I’m almost exclusively an “indoor coffee” person (and I keep that minimal) unless I’m on a trip maybe.

Yesterday, after a visit to the eye doctor, I concluded there are indoor problems and outdoor problems. “Indoor problems” are those on the home front like a buzz on the telephone line, obnoxious loud neighbors, an ant infestation, a toilet handle that keeps falling off, a fridge that breaks down so you have to throw out all your food, or a wall with a hole that needs patching. “Outdoor problems” include doctor visits, car repairs, issues at work, car accidents, relationship struggles with relatives, people who owe you money, stores that don’t have what you’re looking for (after they assured you they did), harassment of any stripe, and so on.

I find that my problems tend to “clump.” I’ll have a series of indoor problems in short order or a bunch of outdoor problems piling up comsecutively. Sometmes there are a lot of BOTH. I don’t cope with overload of ANY kind especially well; you can hit a point where you cry uncle: I DON’T WANT ANY MORE PROBLEMS. It’s not as if saying that helps but just in case…

14 thoughts on “Indoor and Outdoor

  1. Pistachios

    Making lists is my way of creating a sense of control. I had so much to do this morning (still have so much to do…) but I just kept thinking “one thing at a time; just do one thing” (I was thinking of Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird”).

    As for coffee, I think I’m more of an indoor coffee person. Outdoor coffee can be quite expensive…

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I jot things down constantly but end up with many scraps of paper floating around. When problems stack up I initially balk and resist but eventually try to figure out what I can do. Your “one thing” approach is excellent; it’s the key to getting started – which probably is the hurdle for a lot of us.

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      1. Pistachios

        I used to write everything on scraps of paper (still do sometimes) but I’ve got a miscellaneous notes book now. At least now if I need to find a note, I just need to flick through this one book haha

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  2. battlewagon13

    My whole goal in life is to limit the ‘outside problems’. This has even intensified over the last couple of years with the explosion of social media rants, etc. People feel a need to insert themselves into all sorts of outside problems, but I can’t get one person to come over and fix the plumbing on my ‘inside problem’.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Ha! It’s just so much easier to be an online “expert” than to learn & master the plumbing trade, hence the discrepancy. I guess if you never left the house it’d be more feasible to only have indoor problems.

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  3. Miriam

    Interesting distinction between the two types of problems. Like you, I don’t handle overload well. And it seems like problems ALWAYS come in multiples, which is why I get nervous when life seems too peaceful.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I fool myself into thinking that peaceful will last so I get extra annoyed when it doesn’t. And I’ll never be one to “roll with the punches.” (It’s nice to hear from you; I was just wondering about you.)

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