On the other hand it is not very encouraging that when I tried to power the computer down soon after spilling the water, that it did not power off right away and the screen went black. It is also even less positive to note that when Butterfinger came over to do a final shaking of the computer before laying it to dry, that even more water shook from its case. I could have sworn I heard some sort of frying sound, but hopefully that was just a figment of my imagination and all of the data, pictures and documents I have been working on for the past 9 months are not totally lost.
There is not much I can do at this point other than sit and wait, I have been reading and see that it is best to wait at least 24 hours before trying to power the computer back on. Butterfinger is out right now, but when he returns I think I may ask him to help me take the innards apart so we can inspect the damage and dry off anything that is still wet. I suppose before I go ahead and get Worthington (the laptop) all Frankensteined up I should see if performing such surgery would somehow void my warranty. Luckily, when I purchased my laptop, Butterfinger convinced me to splurge and get the complete care, which covers all sorts of accidental damage, ever water spilled by an over-emotional and completely klutzy idiot like myself. Excellent start to the day.