We made it to Costco tonight and got a 17' foot ladder, donned the rain gear and head lamps, and cleaned our gutters out in a downpour. It really couldn't wait any longer, so I'm glad we did it.
Unfortunately the weight of all the snow, and then the wet leaves and standing water bent one section enough so the sag opens the seam in the bottom, which means the water (which is still falling relentlessly, and will be till oh, april) is coming right down on our window sill. I don't know how wooden houses survive out here, but we're going to need to do something post haste. If we get a dry afternoon i'm contemplating using the rest of the plumbers putty as a stop gap solution just to seal up the seam and hopefully keep the water going down the down spouts.
Gutters! Joy of joys.