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Talkin' with Sal: It was perfect (minus the puker)
TALKIN’ WITH SAL

Talkin' with Sal: It was perfect (minus the puker)

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The craziest trifecta in recent memory is now just a flashing memory.

Super 25 on Thursday was just splendid, despite a new date, new venue, several snags and closed roads throughout southern and western Wyoming.

Thankfully, many coaches and players’ families left a day early to beat the snow and the result was that we had all 25 players in attendance, along with proud coaches, parents, grandparents and siblings.

If you ever need a first-class event, we cannot recommend the current staff at the Casper Events Center more highly. They went all-out for us and it showed.

Next up was the Border War on four hours’ sleep. I would not recommend that, but it is what it is.

It was frigid — and I mean frigid. Way, way colder than the Mountain West championship game. Way, way colder than the multiple snow games in the past 57 years. It was cold.

But it was amazing to see 21,000 people there and it was amazing to see the victory.

We drove to Cheyenne to get some sleep and headed home at seven Saturday morning. By 9:30, I was peeling apples for the apple pie. Six hours later, I had baked three pies, peeled 10 pounds of white potatoes, boiled sweet potatoes and built a mountain of dressing with a ridiculous number of ingredients. Then, I promptly slept in my recliner like a grandma for 90 minutes.

I will never again have a family feast at the end of Super 25 week. It’s just way too much.

But it was the only date the kids could both be there, and so it worked.

The truth is that the major reorganizing undertaken a couple of weeks ago was mostly in preparation for this one afternoon. We used a plastic banquet table in the middle of the living room, because I don’t like the idea of “kid tables,” and the dining room table, even with its leaf, only seats six.

When the tablecloth was on the table and the dishes and glassware were set, it looked like something out of a magazine, even with folding chairs and a plastic table.

Four hours before liftoff, the daughter inquired what time they were supposed to arrive. Then she noted that our darling 2-year-old had been puking for hours.

Multiple more text messages were sent in a flurry, ending with the decision that the daughter and the 4-year-old would come and daddy and the 2-year-old would stay home.

Imagine our delight, then, when the daddy arrived with the daughter and 4-year-old. The Casper grandma was able to stay with the 2-year-old, who by that time was snugly and feeling a bit better.

We had a lovely day. No big arguments, no big kitchen disasters.

After the dining table was dismantled with many hands doing the labor, the stadium seating provided the perfect venue for gifting.

The most popular present was this minuscule plastic flying helicopter made in China, which was a huge disappointment to the purchaser. “Not what I ordered,” grumble and grumble some more. It turned out to be a huge hit with the recipient and the 4-year-old, however, who nimbly works the remote control like a boss.

We welcomed new folks into the fold and they seemed to take us all in stride. The fact that the 10-year-old is a huge football fan helped move the conversation along. And the 7-year-old is all about “Frozen 2” and sparkles, so that fit right in as well.

The holidays are about family, whatever form that takes, and not the date on the calendar.

And when three dates fall in a row, you adapt.

And then you nap for a long, long time.

Follow Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @wyosas

Follow Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @wyosas

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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