Sorry for the lack of posts; I moved into a new apartment and have been without internet for a week, and those other bitches are just lazy.
So with the transition out of dorm housing came a lot of shopping. No longer am I sleeping in an extra-long twin bed; I now have a super sweet queen from Ikea. The upgrade I was most excited for, though, was getting new bedding. Not only were my sheets sort of gross and falling apart (I washed them, I swear! Just, probably not often enough), but I had completely grown out of the color scheme. Senior year of high school was all about pink and green for me; I pretty much wished the cover of Prep was my life. What I really wanted was pink and green argyle sheets, but thank god I couldn't find them. Instead I got a dusty light green comforter, and one set of fairly bright pink sheets and another set of green and pink striped sheets. I loved them so much... for like a year. And then I was constantly embarrassed at the fact that I was in my 20's and sleeping on pink sheets. Especially since, after arriving in New York, my wardrobe had gone from a rainbow of bright blues and vivid reds to overwhelmingly black, grey, navy blue, and, when I was feeling crazy, dark green.
So when it was time to buy new sheets, I wanted to make sure I got something that I wasn't going to look at with disgust in two years. I'm not positive I hit the mark; it's very hard to predict my future moods with regard to color. But I'm hopeful that I found a classic color combo that'll last at least until my mid-twenties.
For the comforter, I went for a nice, deep red, which I think will go well with my wooden furniture. From Target, the Woolrich Down Alternative Comforter is $59.99. I don't know why they're making such a big deal of it being a "down alternative," but I guess that's good for those of you with fragile noses or whatever.
Then for sheets, I got 600 Thread-Count Sheets in "beige," which is really more of a nice gold, and Ultra Soft Cotton/Modal Sheets in Ivory, which is more off-white than it seems in the photo. I like having a little variety, and not only because it helps me remember that a certain set of sheets needs to be washed. The gold sheets are a bit more in-your-face and blingy, while the ivory is a bit more subdued and classic. I think it's a nice set.
Sure, I had to go all the way to the Target in Brooklyn to get these sheets, and on the way back I got caught in the rain without an umbrella, making me get very cranky about the fact that if I had gone home for the summer, I would probably have spent the day lying by the pool under cloudless skies, reading a great book, and then I could've thrown a dress over my swimsuit and hopped in my car and driven five minutes to Target and I would be warm and dry and tan. But I digress. Basically, I'm just rather happy not to be sleeping in a sleeping bag anymore.