8.30am - Laylee arises from her bed, makes poached egg on toast and a cup of Daintree and lavender tea for breakfast and consumes them while perusing her flist with the TV on in the background.
10.00am - Laylee decides it's time to get a move on and goes to have a shower. She washes her hair and contemplations her plans for the day while waiting for the conditioner to do it's thing.
10.30am - Laylee is dressed and is hanging the load of laundry she did the day before on the clothesline. While she's downstairs she collects the newspaper from the letterbox, and when she returns inside she puts on another load of laundry finishes skimming her flist.
11.00am - Laylee decides it's time to get going and goes to shut down her laptop, only to be thwarted when Norton decides that now would be a good time to download an update. Laylee glances through the newspaper while she waits for technology to do it's thing.
11.20am - Laylee collects her chattels and finally leaves the house. She says good morning to the neighbour who is hanging her own laundry on the communal clothesline and gets her bike out of the storeroom. Ten minutes later she's good to go.
11.50am - Laylee stops near the Dan O'Connell hotel to take off a layer. The day is balmier than expected for the last day of autumn and she always warms up quickly while cycling.
12.20pm - Laylee is in Lygon street, coffee in hand and on her way to try a dress on at Diana Ferrari, as well as make a payment on a lay-by (a natty tweed shift for work) that she has there. The dress doesn't suit her, so there's $170 saved, and the payment is made. She finishes her coffee and has a bit more of a wander around before leaving for the CBD.
12.57pm - Laylee is texting people while waiting for her Beijing dumplings at the Grand Asia cafe in the Target Centre. Six pairs of cotton undies have been procured from Targét, as has the latest Big Issue
from the chap selling them near where she parked her bike. The dumplings are yummy but she can't finish them all, and when she's done she goes to look at the shoe shop next to the 'adult centre' in Swanston Street. The shoes are cute, but not cute enough to spend money on.
1.47pm - Laylee is texting O to see if he wants to catch up for coffee when he finished work at 2.15. O does, so she goes to pick up her other lay-by (two pairs of work pants and a jumper) at Brown Sugar in Flinders Lane, avoids another shoe shop where she would definitely spend money, and then makes her way up to Queen Street to meet O.
2.35pm - Laylee and O are having coffee and raspberry cream biscuits in the food hall at David Jones. There are many expensively dressed people around, and O is all enthused about being confirmed in his new job and his pending visit to his family in Russia. We both agree that C's new boyfriend is a twat, and wonder how A is going at the matinée of the amateur production of Beauty and the Beast that he is attending because his dad is working behind the scenes on it.
2.50pm - Laylee and O wander across to Emporio so Laylee can look at shoes. She spies a pair that would be great for work and tries them on. The 9 is that little too small so she tries a 10, but they're too big. They don't do half sizes in this style, the sales girl informs her with scant interest now that she realises that Laylee's not buying them, before gathering her shoes and spiriting them back to the storeroom. O and Laylee exchange a look and leave.
2.55pm - Laylee and O part company and Laylee makes her way up Elizabeth Street, which merges into Royal Parade and then into Sydney Road. Laylee parks her bike outside Tru Blue Shoes and battles her way through the seething throng of women on the hunt for bargain footwear. There's almost too much to chose from, and not everything is available in her size (which is probably just as well), but eventually Laylee settles on these
. Laylee loves her new shoes.
4.15pm - Laylee arrives at Spotlight to purchase a zip and some bias binding to finish the skirt she's been making. La Manna Fresh fruit and veg shop is next where she buys pumpkin and celery for the curry she wants to make for dinner, and banananananas because she ate the last one in the fruit bowl three days ago. Laylee begins to wonder how she's going to fit shoes, pumpkin, banananananas, undies, pants and a jumper into her panniers.
5.00pm - Laylee arrives at Northcote Plaza, the final destination on her list. At K-Mart she shells out yet more money on another lay-by (two tops and a bike helmet) and purchases turmeric, conditioner, an avocado and a Wagon Wheel at Coles. She's about to leave when she notices that the discount clothes shop is still open, so she runs in and buys two $6 tank tops to wear under her new jumper.
5.30pm - Laylee tries to load the last of her purchases into her panniers, but not everything will fit thanks to all the shoes. So she hangs the bag with the fruit and veg on her handlebars, switches on her flashy lights, dons her glow-in-the-dark cycling vest and finally heads home.
5.47pm - Laylee arrives home, pooped and poor, but thinking that it's been a really great day!