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Happy Friday & Day before Halloween!
October 30th is National Candy Corn Day! I know it’s a love/hate relationship with this Fall candy – either you really like it or really hate it.
It’s Friday, y’all!
I have to admit that I had full intentions of discussing a different topic today, but about the time I sat down to write, our power went out. The quiet stillness of the night took me to a place of appreciation for the unexpected blessings of the day.
I spent the afternoon yesterday with Gary and Craig in a strategy session for our corporate interests. It was a good session. We made progress on some key items, were aligned in our thinking and left with some clarity around some current projects. I did also leave with a little bit of regret.
Being back in a day-to-day working mode has me in a state of push and pull with family life, homeschool life and work life. Can I actually pull off the things I’ve committed to? Am I doing enough fun/meaningful/important things with my kids and husband? Was school today what it should be? Is this thing or that thing causing me to have a bad attitude in another area? Can I keep up this pace? I made some commitments in our meeting today that left me wondering if I’d over committed and perhaps was going to be missing out on important things with my kids in this season of life.
When the meeting was over and I was able to reconnect with the kids, I suggested we read some of our library books. My oldest daughter chose a Fancy Nancy book instead of one of the books we had checked out. She wanted to try to read it herself. Sounded good to me. She is in second grade this year, is bright and a kinesthetic (hands on) learner. She has struggled with reading more than some of her peers. I have even been wondering if she has dyslexia. We switched up our reading program this year, and she’s been enjoying it. So, needless to say, when she wants to attempt reading, I won’t say no. You guys, she read the book! It was the first time she’s worked her way through a whole book. She’s memorized some simpler books, used pictures to help her remember often read stories, but this time she really read. The look on her face nearly brought me to tears. THIS is why I homeschool. I want to be there for moments like that. We had a dance party to celebrate, she ran down to daddy’s office in the basement to tell him and then we danced some more. An unexpected blessing.
We decided to go to dinner tonight in the next town over. During dinner someone at the next table stood up and walked over to us. I looked up and had to do a double take. A life long friend and her husband, who live about half an hour from us (yet we somehow manage to hardly ever see), were there for dinner as well. She and I grew up in a very small town about six hours from where we currently live. She’s one of those people who knows all my secrets (and will never tell), and it feels like home to sit, chat and enjoy her company. Her husband is great as well. We always have a good time when we’re together. They joined us at our table, and it was great to catch up. Another unexpected blessing.
Shortly after arriving home, our power went out. As Jason mentioned yesterday, we had a tropical storm come through Wednesday night. The winds were howling, trees were bowing, but we never lost power. Strange for the power to go out the night after the storm. Maybe electrical crews are fixing a line or the wind blew over a weakened tree. For me it was yet another unexpected blessing. Calm, stillness, quiet, a break in routine. It’s been nice to just sit and reflect on a day of unexpected blessings.
I am grateful for each blessing, and I am trusting there is purpose in this unexpected, often heavy laden season I’m in right now. I pray you too, can find the unexpected blessings in whatever season you find yourself in during this time.
Today’s Product Updates from Rebecca:
We made it to Friday again! We’re continuing to wind down the PPE business and inventory is getting really thin! We still have 3-Ply Protective Face Masks at a great price! We also have Children’s Face Masks at a phenomenal price!
One lesser-known product we have on hand are Goggles! We have got both Vented Goggles as well as Non-Vented Goggles. Both are on a great sale!
Remember that we also have Dispenser Pumps available for purchase as well! These have a 38/400 neck finish and feature a 9” dip tube with a 4cc output!
Reminder: Get free shipping on your PPE orders by using coupon code PPESHIP at checkout!
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Today we are featuring our line of Cat8 Ethernet cables!
These cables are the newest iteration of traditional copper Ethernet cables. We’re all familiar with Cat5e and Cat6/Cat6A cables… They’re reliable, effective, and we love them, buuuut it might be a stretch to say that Ethernet cables are “exciting,” generally speaking. That said, Cat8 is a different story! These awesome cables were designed specifically for high-speed service! They were made to be forward and reverse compatible with 10G, 25G, and 40G networking equipment. That means that they can actually eliminate the need for fiber transceivers!
Cat8 Ethernet cables feature a standard bandwidth of 2000MHz, and a max data rate of 25Gbps or 40Gbps! Our cables thick and heavily shielded – we’re talking 24AWG and shielded (each pair foil shielded / 4 pair braid shielded). This heavy shielding that is implemented in Cat8 cables is a critical element that allows for a high-frequency rating and, thus, high speed performance!
Cat8 Ethernet cables are a viable option if you are looking for a cost-effective alternative to fiber optics for 40G networking. Check out our learning center article “How Does Cat8 Ethernet Compare to 40G Fiber Optic Solutions?” to learn more!
The Official Halloween Candy Power Rankings 2020:
Hey!, Jason here, and this is probably one of the most random things we have put in the CEO email since Craig went on sabbatical…haha! I like candy. You like candy. Most people like candy. Below is a list of the Top Halloween Candy Power Rankings for 2020. The rankings are based on Taste, Trade Value, Sales. Ihighly doubt this is a scientific survey, but it is fun to see none-the-less. So, do you agree? Disagree? What’s missing or what should be higher? Also, CandyStore.com put together a map of 2020’s Most Popular Halloween Candy by US State.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Kit Kat
- Tootsie Pops
- Sour Patch Kids & Swedish Fish
- Crunch Bar
- SweeTarts (Smarties & Bottle Caps, as well)
- Laffy Taffy & Airheads
- Baby Ruth
- Junior Mints
- Tootsie Rolls (I was surprised this was so low!)
- Pop Rocks
- Heath Bar
- Milky Way
- Hot Tamales
- Almond Joy / Mounds
- Milk Duds
- Candy Corn
- Now & Later
- Jolly Ranchers
- Hershey Kisses
- 3 Musketeers
News to Start Your Day With:
- Right at 45,474,500 cases worldwide, with 33,064,800 people who have recovered, with 1,188,259 deaths AND 9,216,300 cases in the US with over 5,984,800 people have recovered, with 234,218 deaths.
- Unions representing hundreds of thousands of nurses and health-care workers are suing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, saying the agency should issue safety standards for protecting those on the front lines of the pandemic.
- Paris witnessed its worst gridlock in years on Thursday night as people rushed to leave the city before the start of a new national lockdown, creating hundreds of miles of backed-up traffic.
- Los Angeles may allow restaurants to tack on a “covid-19 recovery charge” to diners’ bills, echoing a policy that was rolled out in New York City this month.
- Walmart has removed guns and ammunition from sales floors in stores where those items had been displayed, citing pockets of “civil unrest” around the U.S. However, the retail giant will continue selling the items.
- Today, President Donald Trump’s final election push includes Michigan and Wisconsin while trying to flip Minnesota. Biden will be holding rallies in Minnesota and Iowa.
- McDonald’s was hit with a potentially multi-billion-dollar lawsuit by Black franchise owners. The owners are accusing the fast-food giant of racial discrimination for steering them to underperforming stores.
- Netflix on Thursday raised the prices of its standard and premium plans to $13.99 and $17.99 per month, respectively. The entry-level basic plan remains at $8.99 per month, the same price that was introduced last year.