So...my power cord is officially done. It got to the point today where no amount of messing with it could get me any position that would make it work, so I gave up, used all the power that was left, and then shut it off.
Luckily, at my family birthday dinner tonight, I talked to my grandma about it. She was already going on the Base (Camp Lejeune) tomorrow, and so she's just going to take my cord and stop by the place where we bought my laptop and see if they have another one. If they do, it will be way cheaper there than going through HP.com. So here's to hoping.
Mom still doesn't know if she's been fired or not. It's kind of driving the both of us crazy. But she's got an appointment with some guy at the county office tomorrow to see if she can save her job. I'll let you know.
Other than that, I'm doing okay. Percocet makes me really tired, so I've been sleeping a lot. Sleep is nice.