This girl is done with first grade on Tuesday.

HOW. The year went by really fast, but everything seems to have been on hyper-speed since April. It’s especially hard to believe that at this time NEXT year, I’ll have a third grader and a Kindergartener! But I’m not gonna think about that right now because it makes my brain hurt. We have a busy week coming up with the last two days of school for Annie, then we’re hitting Great Wolf Lodge, AND filming a promo for our book. It’s going to be a fun week but I’m tired just thinking about it all!

Around The ‘Net

~America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic

~The Story Behind Pulse’s Unclaimed Victim

~Our Last Year Together: What My Camera Captured As My Parents Died Of Cancer

~A juror spent months hearing about a serial killer’s grisly acts. Not being part of the verdict left a void.

~Meet the FBI agent who had 12 undercover identities

~Ballet Dancer Leaps Onto Subway Tracks and Lifts Man to Safety

~The Doctor Is In. Co-Pay? $40,000.

~Harvard Revoked Admission Offers To At Least 10 Students After They Posted Offensive Memes

~Today’s families are prisoners of their own clutter

~A Hardware Update for the Human Brain

~Meet The People Who Battle To Be The Top Reply To A Trump Tweet

~Ever wanted to live in 2 nations at once? Here’s your chance

~How to fall to your death and live to tell the tale

~Why Netflix Is Actually Aiming for More Cancellations

~How The Online Dollar Store Startup Hollar Found Success With Thrifty Millennial Moms

~Jon Hamm on Life After Mad Men and Why Being Single “Sucks”

Getting “Control”

~My incredibly talented friend Alison has put together a short film called “Control” and she’s looking for additional funding. The film is about a depressed woman who wants to end her life, but when she begins to write her suicide note she realizes there are far too many loose ends. She attempts to leave detailed instructions for taking care of every minute detail of her life until her suicide “note” soon turns into a massive binder. It sounds heavy, but Alison, who has struggled with depression, wanted to make a film that dealt with a very real subject in a dark and comedic way. They’ve already finished principal photography and they’re looking for $5k more for pick-up shooting and post production. A rough cut of the film was already accepted by the Palm Springs Film Festival! You can find out more about the film plus donation info here. (Also, the movie co-stars Alison’s dog, Dignan, who was one of Rigby’s best dog buddies!).

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is next weekend, omg! Annie is playing in a softball tournament, but we still have a few fun things planned for our beloved Mikey (he’s been instructed not to read this!).

~Since we’re going to be at the fields for most of the weekend, Annabel really wanted to get her dad some softball-themed things. She got him this “Softball Dad” shirt, plus a padded stadium chair to make sitting in the bleachers more comfortable.
~James INSISTED on getting his daddy “Diet Coke” for Father’s Day, so he’s giving Mike a Diet Coke Tumbler (plus a six-pack).
~I am getting Mike the gift of delicious food, because I’m the best. We once ate some AMAZING steaks over at a friend’s house and Mike could not stop raving about them. So I asked our friend and found out they were from the Kansas City Steak Company. Mike is honestly so hard to buy for (“I don’t need anything! Don’t waste money!”) but I know he can’t say no to food. I have to be honest – I have no idea how to pick out steaks – so I was pretty pleased that KC Steaks guarantees excellent, quality cuts. And if I’m also being honest, I am pleased that this is a gift I also get to enjoy! ANNNND the cool, amazing people at Kansas City Steaks want to offer my readers 15% off of their orders for Father’s Day! Just use code SPOHRSFD17 when you order. (If you want the meat in time for Father’s Day, you need to order by Tuesday).

The Toddler Survival Guide

If you haven’t preordered our book yet, you should! You guys are all awesome for supporting us and we are so grateful! The Toddler Survival Guide is available for preorder at AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieboundPowellsQuartoKnowsand in Canada at Indigo-Chapters. It’s out August 1st, which is so soon I might barf.

Happy Sunday, everyone!