Well, not actually. Turned out that the hard drive was fine. No liquid made its way down there. Just the keyboard and mouse were fried. How do I know? Hubs disassembled the computer to see if he could dry it out fix it. Yup, he's that kind of guy. We swabbed the keyboard and wiped it dry, used a hairdryer, took all the keys off. Put it back together. Nothing. Ahhhhhh!!! All is lost, I can't access my files!
Hubs, of course, remains calm and thinks it through. "You could get a remote mouse and keyboard," he says. Hope is restored! Even better, we have them in the house! I plug them in and we're good to go! Except now it's not really a laptop because I'm tied to a desk because of the big keyboard. It's totally inconvenient because my computer is stuck upstairs while I'm generally on the main floor of the house, and I like to quick-check-in throughout the day as I run past. I make my complaint known to hubs after a few days and he says, "Why don't you try and buy a new keyboard?" (Silence. Mouth drops open. Why didn't I think of that??? Oh yes, because I'm me.)
10 minutes plus $12 including shipping at Amazon later and my new keyboard is on its way. $90 at Wal-mart and I've got an external hard drive. (See, I'm learning!)
Blogging this very post!
I'm mobile again and my much-replaced computer (battery, charger) is good again. For now. Until my inner klutz rears its dropsy hands again.