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Well, I'm home from another trip from the freezing north. Its a tad cold in my home too, good thing my flight from DFW to MHK was delayed, otherwise it would probably be colder.

When did I schedule the vacation hold on my thermostat? I was sure I had done it just before 8pm the night before I left....setting a 5 day hold, so that it would expire well before I got home. But, evidently it had gotten super cold in my home so it took a long time to recover. It was 62 when I got home, and it is try to get to 68......based on how much its gone up in about 45 minutes...I guess it has been working since around 8pm to get up from 50 (where I had set the hold at, I'll probably need to rethink the vacation hold bottom.)

Meanwhile, I found my missing smartphone. I didn't leave it plugged in...in the hallway like I thought I had. But, I had remembered to pick it up from there, but I had set it down when I had stopped to unplug my hot water pot....and forgot it there.

As for how the flight home went...leaving Calgary for DFW was uneventful. Going through customs was somewhat easier thanks to Global Entry, though I'm not sure why I don't also have Nexus....wonder what's involved in getting that added. Though the trip into Canada was relatively painless this time. Though I did get picked for secondary screening before security.... And, seems they subject ultrathin computers to secondary screening as well. The picked on the thin macbook product of a person ahead of me...and my chromebook, but they didn't test my thicker Lenovo laptop or other beasts that I recall for people around me. Though was kind of annoyed that Chromebook always turns on when you open it...a complete shutdown really should leave it off. It didn't seem happy about starting to turn itself back on from the complete shutdown, and then getting closed. But, airport security just wanted to swab the keyboard.

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My first trip since starting Xyrem

I mostly survived.... I flew down to DFW to take care of some business at the DHS Global Enrollment office. Having used the Global Entry benefit of my Amex card. Wonder now if I should add Nexus.

And, I was surprisingly awake and productive through most of the trip. Despite being out of my Dex, was supposed to hear about a refill script though had canceled my appointment for having to go out of town for an emergency... guess nobody else there has come through on writing the script for him. Though don't know if the 12-hour decongestant on top of my Nuvigil helped or not. In past trips, I could sleep most of the flight away even though I had taken my Nuvigil and a 12-hour decongestant. This trip...there was still the uncontrollable desire to sleep during take off, which I gave into on the way to DFW...but didn't on the way back from DFW. Otherwise I was awake and productive during the trip.

Though I had originally intended that the productive time would be used to finish some of the many draft posts languishing on my main blog, I spent most of it back filling this site scattered posts along my journey so far.

It was really nice finally using another benefit from my Amex card...."Airport Club Access Program". Certainly made a big difference being able to sit in the Admirals Club working on my computer than if I had to sit in the noisy, busy main terminal space, next to whatever outlet I might find.

In the end, the only problem was that the total trip was a bit longer than 12 hours....and the decongestant gave out somewhere into taking off on the way home. I could feel the pressure building in my head as we got closer and closer to home. Wonder if the light supper before was a problem. I never did pin down what foods in the evening lead to congestion and such. Usually I don't eat at the airport at this time, but I wasn't going to eat after I get home like I normally do. Was worried that I might blow an eardrum like I did back in 2005 (flying back from an interview with Yahoo! Mail). Fortunately, landing in Manhattan restored the balance. Wonder what I should do now that I'm home.

The other thing I did different this trip, was using BlackCarMHK. Which was really nice....got to the airport way earlier than I needed to be, especially since I didn't have a bag to check...which I will in my future trips. And, it was definitely better for the trip home than I've ever had to go through. That part definitely makes it worth it for flying out of MHK. They also do airport transfers with MCI, and I'm certainly tempted to consider them should that need arise. They also do Wichita, which may have possibilities. Plus who knows what else there'll be that isn't an airport to consider.