I decided room temperature eggs would probably be easier to handle. I took out two in the late morning and let them hang out all day.
Once Ben and Ryan were home from school (and thus could distract their sister) I started.
I used a straight pin to make the holes, and just widened them accordingly.
I got a little too zealous with the first egg, the hole cracked a little big so I wasn't sure if he could use it. I went on ahead anyway, gently blowing into the end as I leaned over a bowl with it.
And nothing happened.
I tried again, and voila! Momma's got skills. I thought, this isn't so hard afterall, I'll take care of the other one and be done with this in no time.
Once again, I overdid it. This time, the hole was giant, so I tossed it.
The third egg was cold. I was irritated that I had wrecked the second one, and went for it.
It was a little more difficult--cold whites and yolk didn't want to go anywhere. So I was patient, and finally, I could feel the egg emptying out, but it still felt like there was a lot of yolk left in it. Gently, slowly, gently, I reminded myself, as I wondered if somewhere inside me vessels were bursting ("Mom bursts aneurism over Home Ec assignment--live at 5, the hidden dangers of helping your kids with their homework!")
I was almost there when inadvertently, my hand holding the egg turned out to be holding it a little tooo tight. Inside pressure + outside pressure = Eggsplosion. All down the front of my shirt.
Um. Yeah. I let loose a string of expletives so forcefully that Ben came running into the room to see what was wrong.
(I had a dirty thought at that moment, too, it was unavoidable, as light-headed as I was at that point. Go ahead, pervies. I'm sure you can come up with one too. At least it made me laugh as I cleaned up the mess.)
I took out 3 more eggs. I left them sitting on the counter for a while, and as I was making dinner, I tried again.
This time, I succeeded. On the first try.
As Nolan was coloring his shell, I read the assignment page. Something he hadn't provided me with earlier in the day.
"Do NOT try to blow contents of egg out more than once."
Great--mmmm, salmonella kiss, anyone? Yummy!
Guess what I had for breakfast today?