this past weekend was a fun but uneventful one. we went shopping for our wedding bands, always an exciting task, but much more importantly, netflix posted the first half of season 5 of breaking bad, just enough time to watch it before the second half of season 5 starts this coming weekend. sorry wedding bands, but you are not as exciting as that. breaking bad is, hands down, the best show to ever be on television. i say that as a mad men fan, a lost fan, a diehard office fan (though, to be fair, comedies and dramas can't really be compared). there will be times where you will have to fight through nausea/close your eyes during especially gory scenes. but the writing, the acting, the storylines, the character arcs, aaron paul's pretty blue eyes - trust me people, it's all worth it. if you don't watch breaking bad and have netflix, i strongly, strongly recommend you rectify the situation. and then - AND THEN - we went to brighton beach on sunday. one of my favorite things about living in nyc, and perhaps the case can be made for most east coast cities, is how accessible the beach is to us. brighton is the easiest beach for us to get to - around 45 minutes on the subway - and so far it's my favorite. cleaner than the others, a bit quieter, and of course the russian culture makes it quite interesting (brighton beach is heavily populated by russian immigrants). naturally, we had a beer at tatiana grill when we needed a break from the sun...which is next to tatiana restaurant, and tatiana porch and tatiana bistro. they're pretty into the name tatiana you might say. it was a great way to spend the first weekend of august, and i've already made brian promise me we'd head back there on labor day. hope you all had great weekends and are making the most of the last month of summer!