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 for juggling eggs
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  juggling eggs
   vi.
  
      Keeping a lot of state in your head while modifying a program. ?Don't
      bother me now, I'm juggling eggs?, means that an interrupt is likely to
      result in the program's being scrambled. In the classic 1975 first-contact
      SF novel The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, an
      alien describes a very difficult task by saying ?We juggle priceless eggs
      in variable gravity.? It is possible that this was intended as tribute to a
      less colorful use of the same image in Robert Heinlein's influential 1961
      novel Stranger in a Strange Land. See also hack mode and on the gripping
      hand.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  juggling eggs
  
     Keeping a lot of state in your head while modifying a
     program.  "Don't bother me now, I'm juggling eggs", means that
     an interrupt is likely to result in the program's being
     scrambled.  In the classic first-contact SF novel "The Mote in
     God's Eye", by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, an alien
     describes a very difficult task by saying "We juggle priceless
     eggs in variable gravity."  See also hack mode.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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