I pulled the battery, patted the computer dry as best I could, held it in the air until it stopped dripping, and then put it down. The internet says wait three days before trying to turn it back on, since if there's any water in there when I do, it might spark and fry the motherboard. Thankfully, I had another laptop on campus, which I ran in and grabbed yesterday, so I am not computerless. But the two aren't sync'd up, and there's a tiny bit of stuff on here that I don't want to lose, so I don't want to just try loading the backup onto here. And I'm not absolutely positive I'm fully backed up -- for reasons mysterious to me, sometimes the automatic backup seems to stop backing up daily, so I may have lost a week or two of stuff. Luckily (hah!) I haven't been writing much lately, so I wouldn't lose much fiction. Mostly the typing has been design stuff, either going out in e-mail or uploaded to the web, so that's okay.
Hopefully, my main computer will come back from this. The secondary is a MacBook Air, which seemed really cool when I had the university buy it for me as part of my hiring package, but which I quickly realized is a crippled little machine, and not what I want for my main computer. That's why it's been living in my office, barely used. I guess I'll get used to it if I have to, since I don't think buying a new computer is in the budget anytime soon.
The moral of the story is:
- don't leave drinks sitting next to computers
- be suspicious of long contented silences from toddlers
- don't teach your daughters to clean anything