Thoughts on Balance | Cisco 8500 Series Switch + Sale | Nitrile Gloves | News to Start Your Day
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Faith. Family. Work. Friendships. Hobbies. There are so many things that can take up our time each day. Often I hear people throw around words like balance and multitask, question how they’re going to juggle all the things, or perhaps wonder how does that person “do it all”?
How we express our Core Values at CK has morphed over time, so we say this a little differently now, but in 2014 we would’ve expressed our desire for time well spent with the core value “Balance Life and Enjoy the Journey”. Those words are still thrown around between our team from time to time, usually in an encouraging way when someone is taking some time off for vacation or to do something fun with their family. I believe it is still a good sentiment, we should strive to balance our life and we should enjoy the journey. From where I sit right now though, as business owner, wife, homeschool mom, and more, I can’t help but wonder if the balance we seek is more of a fluid situation, a pouring of resources from one cup to another at the appropriate time rather than the more traditional, measured picture of a scale balanced and waiting for just one thing to be added or taken away that will cause it to tip one way or the other.
A couple of days ago a friend asked if I could come help her finish taking some things out of the house she is selling so that photographs could be taken for the real estate listing. I struggled to find time in my calendar to give to her, but I knew I needed to make it happen. This friend and her husband had been slowly moving to a new home in what was supposed to be a months long situation that had turned into years … yes, years … and now, he has cancer. Just like that the weight of this moving and cleaning out project came crashing down. I listened as she struggled with what to do next and I prayed for them, and eventually I told them that we wanted to help. In fact, we nearly insisted on it. So a few weeks ago we started the final phase of this moving project, helping them get ready for a huge garage sale, working the sale, cleaning things out, and listing items online to get them sold. Today we moved the last of the items out of the house and into the garage, photographs were taken and listing documents were signed. Whew! It was a great day.
… but you know what I didn’t do today? Full homeschool lessons with my kids. We listened to our book we’re reading in the car, we talked about bugs and the pilgrims as we drove, we served our friends in need. And it will all be ok. Life lessons. Balance.
[Earlier this week I saw a Twitter screenshot from an author floating around on social media. The sentiment reminded me of these thoughts from today. Here is a blog post about the viral tweet of the words of author and mom, Nora Roberts.]
May each of us be able to recognize today which of our balls are plastic and which ones are glass.
Today’s Product Updates from Rebecca (our “Rock Star” Product manager):
Today we’re taking a look at the Cisco Catalyst 3850 Series WS-C3850-48U-S! This incredible switch is equipped with Cisco’s popular StackPower technology which allows for power sharing and redundancy. This 1RU switch features (48) 10/100/1000 UPoE ports, a 176 Gbps switching capacity, IP Base software, and a 480 Gbps stacking bandwidth. We currently have this switch on sale, so snag yours now!
PPE / Safety Supplies Update:
So excited to announce that we have BLUE NITRILE GLOVES IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP!! We currently have a handful of Small in stock (more on the way!). We are well stocked for Medium, Large, and XL! Nitrile gloves have been so hard to find lately, so we are thrilled to have them in stock! If you have friends, family, coworkers, etc who are looking for these gloves, please forward this email to let them know that they are available at CK! Need safety supplies for your business, school, or family? We got ya covered!
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COVID / Tech / Business News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 34,205,900 cases worldwide, with 25,459,200 people who have recovered, with 1,019,605 deaths AND 7,450,900 cases in the US with over 4,700,70000 people have recovered, with 211,782 deaths.
- U.S. airlines will begin furloughing tens of thousands of employees today but say they may call workers back if congressional leaders and the Trump administration reach a deal on a coronavirus relief package. The prospects for such a deal remained uncertain after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met for talks on Wednesday.
- The NBA “bubble” has worked perfectly for two months, without a single player who cleared quarantine testing positive and without a single game affected by the virus.
- Google’s newest Pixel phones are adding next-generation 5G connectivity but, in an unusual move, also downgrading some flashier features on all models. This year’s phones include a slower processor and do away with the ability to unlock by scanning your face. The good news: Google also dropped its prices. While last year’s Pixel 4 started at $800, this year’s Pixel 5 starts at $700, and a new budget model called the Pixel 4a 5G ranges from $500 to $600, depending on how much 5G speed you want.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday extended its ban on passenger cruising from U.S. ports through Oct. 31. CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield pushed to extend the order until February 2021, according to Axios, which cited two people familiar with the matter. Axios reported that Vice President Mike Pence overruled Redfield and that the plan is to extend the ban until Oct. 31.
- Microsoft is trying to fix a worldwide outage after a software “configuration update” left users unable to use their email accounts as normal. Several hours after users started to notice the outage, Microsoft said it had figured out the cause of the outage. The outage comes as increasing numbers of people are working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Most consumers said they plan to minimize in-store shopping to reduce health risks to essential workers and would like retailers to stay shut on Thanksgiving Day, according to a survey of more than 1,500 U.S. consumers by Accenture. On average, consumers told Accenture that they plan to spend about $540 on holiday shopping this year — a nearly $100 drop from last year.
- The Federal Communications Commission took its first big step toward freeing up 100 megahertz of wireless spectrum currently being used for the military and making it available for 5G service. On Wednesday, the agency adopted rules and proposed additional changes to the 3.3-3.55GHZ band of spectrum that’ll pave the way toward an auction of the spectrum to commercial service providers. This swath of spectrum has been used by the federal military. In August, the White House and Department of Defense determined it could be shared with commercial providers for 5G service. They urged the FCC to begin drafting rules for an auction to take place in December 2021.