Sheryl Gauer |

Sheryl Gauer

Tamara Miller

Sheryl Gauer sees a little of herself in Sandra Bullock.

The well-known actress seems just like your average woman – not too fussy, and a bit of a tomboy.

Gauer describes herself the same way. The easy-going brunette hails from Wisconsin, where in high school she was voted the “coolest.” Nowadays Gauer has the cool challenge of balancing her full-time job as an assistant manager of the Gypsum Recreation Center with her all-time job as mom to 7-month-old Brooke Ann. Sometimes at the same time.

While Brooke isn’t a regular fixture in the office, Gauer’s husband recently was sick and out-of-commission. Her babysitter wasn’t available until later that day. So while answering phones and doing paperwork in her office, Gauer’s daughter was playing in a brightly colored activity jumper.

Her husband, Mike Staten, however, is a regular fixture at work. He also works at the recreation center, Gauer said. It’s actually harder than it sounds.

“It’s actually kind of a pain,” she said. “He often has to open (the center) and I have to close it.”

Those opposite schedules help keep the new recreation center – which opened earlier this month – up and running. It also keeps their young family up and running, too.

As the assistant manager, Gauer has seen firsthand how popular the new recreation center is becoming. Already, the center has more than 1,600 members, she said.

“It’s been incredible,” she said. “The community has been really receptive.”

I’d like everyone to be able to take a nap – a required nap at 1 o’clock every day.

I’ve told this one before. I’m sitting on the toilet going to the bathroom when the phone rings. I run out into the living room to answer it, with my pants down, and my neighbor is standing there at the door. I was in high school and he was a guy my age, also in high school.

Right now, the way things have been so busy, I’d say Red Bull. It gives me energy; it gives me wings.

I was friends with the dirt bags, but I was a cheerleader. I hung out with the dirt bags, the band geeks, I was friends with everybody. I was voted the coolest in my class. I also was in the advanced classes. I was lucky.

I don’t know, that’s a hard one … Would you like a hug? I give a lot of hugs to the kids. VT

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