People! Your well wishes are so nice. Thank you. Thanks also to LeAnn who looked up menthol camphor inhalants online and sent me a link to this, which Chris purchased immediately and OH MY WORD. It's lots of awesome! Thanks!
I first noticed that I could use my powers for my own purposes by commanding Liam to do things while speaking in the Vader voice. He balked at having to pick up the eleventy-million Leggos lying on his bedroom floor until Darth Vader called him on the home phone (I was on my cell hiding in my bathroom, but that's irrelevant) and told him to clean them up.
"ALSO." Vader commanded, "YOU WILL HELP YOUR MOTHER PUT AWAY LAUNDRY. THIS WILL BE A GREAT SERVICE RENDERED TO THE REPUBLIC."
After I hung up, I heard Liam squeal with excitement in the other room.
"MOM! You will never believe it! DARTH VADER CALLED ME FROM THE ROBOT MOON."
I was all "Really? Wow. What did he say?"
"He told me to clean up my room and put away laundry."
I love that Liam is young enough to overlook why on earth the second-most powerful Sith lord would care about a messy room and laundry. I've thought about recording myself and wonder how long I can use this trick.
Also, I can sing blues really, really good with my sick-voice, a la Phoebe from "Friends."