After a 4am start, driving up to Belfast International Airport, avoiding the check-in queue and going straight to security with my easyJet boarding pass printed out at home ... it was all going very smoothly.
Starting to get peckish though.
But yet again, Starbucks aren't opening until 6am - by then I'll be boarded on the 06:15 Stansted flight.
It takes two members of staff to arrive on time to get Starbucks open at 5.30am as scheduled. But ever since they first opened at the airport, they've been unreliable.
Do they not have a rota? Do they not need two staff every morning? Do they find it so hard to run their other non-airport outlets?
You'd think that TBI, the owners of Belfast International, would have been monitoring their performance and helped to raise their game.
As I've been typing, I've been standing in the queue for Cafe Rankin - the only other airside catering outlet with food available. (The bar around the corner has about 5 sandwiches and no muffins.) But I've only just reached the counter, since they've only one member of staff serving this morning.
Flight just been called - still in the queue!