Know how the online catalogues of research libraries sometimes tell you the item you want is in remote storage and you'll need to file a special request to have it retrieved? Thus with my brain.
Momosyllabic: "Dear Brain, I'd like to remember the word for caterpillar poop. I know that this time last year I knew it, because Clara was obsessing about trying to keep caterpillars as pets then too."
Brain: "Dear Momosyllabic, that item has been removed to remote storage. Please fill in the attached form and wait 2-6 weeks for processing."
Mom.: "I can't wait that long. Last time we kept the caterpillar alive for about an hour. I need to know before the current one dies, because once it dies I won't be able to talk 'pillar anymore for fear of Clara's grief. I also can't google just now because I am trying to cook dinner, keep the caterpillar alive, and rinse out Winton's latest batch of urine-sopped clothing."
Brain: "Lalalalala. Penis. Lalalalala. Disraeli had an older wife. Lalalala. Katniss is not a good female role model for she is only celebrated for the ways in which she is a like a boy. Lalala. Wine."
Mom.:" It starts with an 'R,' I think. C'mon!"
[3 hours later]
Brain: "Frass. And you're welcome. You owe me, for this is far faster than my typical processing speed for such items"