Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pretty Much Sums it Up

We lost my grandpa today. This song pretty much sums up how awesome grandpas are.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Finally Got to See the Dave Matthews Band

Last winter during the Grammy's I saw that the Dave Matthews Band was coming to the cities this fall. I signed up for the "Warehouse" (the DMB) fan club and got in the lottery for tickets and got a pair. I was beyond stoked. Lisa, not so much, but we were going for my birthday so she didn't say much.

Anyway, last night was the show. Needless to say it was everything I could imagine. Lisa even said she had a lot more fun than she expected. Great crowd, great show and a ton of fun to people watch.

Here are some photos from the night. Enjoy them this weekend while I'm on a six-hour bus trip to beautiful Crookston.

* Edit - Lisa said she didn't think that Dave Matthews was good looking...Until last night. Not sure what that means, but it's interesting :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

It's been two years already?

Tomorrow (Monday) marks our two year anniversary and I can't believe it. These past two years have absolutely flown by. It seems like just yesterday Lisa and I were sharing our special day with so many of our friends.

These past two years have been great filled with some ups and downs, but that's life. This past weekend, Lisa and I had a relatively relaxing weekend planned (we had a wedding on Friday, her dad was going to help me fix the garage window on Saturday and then today we had her goddaughter's fourth birthday party) but the storm that rolled through Saturday morning changed those plans. Long story short, we lost electricity for about a day, but we got it back (and should have a new cable box by Tuesday).

Happy Anniversary Lisa, I can't wait to see what the future has in hold for us!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Get Away

This past weekend, Lisa and I took a few days off to head down to God's Country (Iowa).

We took of Saturday morning and dropped Eddie off at mom and dad's (where he got lots of walks and lots of car rides) before driving down to State Center to visit the Burdorf's.

We got into town late Saturday afternoon and hung out and caught up for the night. It was a relatively uneventful night, minus Brody punching me in the family jewels (it got a good laugh from everyone, even me).

Sunday morning we got up and walked down to Aaron's ballpark and he showed me what's all changed in the last five years. He's down a great job with the West Marshall baseball program and the diamond looks great. After we got back to the house, Lisa and I got our stuff ready and drove to Des Moines where we had lunch at my favorite Des Moines Mexican restaurant before going out to Jordan Creek to kill some time. We could check into our room Sunday at 2, so we took off and arrived at Lake Panorama around 2:30.

This is our second stay at Lake Panorama and we love it. The hotel we stayed at is small, but every room looks out at the Lake and it was quiet since we were there on Sunday and Monday. Once we got checked in, we hit the pool for a while (I think we were the only people who stayed there Sunday) before eating at the restaurant. Sunday night we drove around (not much to do in the small little town) before chilling in the room and watching the sunset.

Monday we woke up to storms and it stayed rainy until about 10:30 (it was raining so hard we even toyed with the idea of coming home). Once the rain pushed away, we hit the Raccoon River trail for a little hike before stopping at a ma and pa shop for some lunch. Saturday afternoon we were in the pool again for a couple of hours and caught a lot of sun (i got burnt, not honeymoon in Mexico burnt, but burnt). Having ate at the restaurant in the hotel already, we decided that we would drive back into Des Moines for dinner and a movie. We ate at the Cheesecake Factory (didn't realize how spending it was) before going to see the movie Inception. (Sidenote: Highly recommend inception. You think the entire movie and it is exhausting. I want to see it again because I know I missed a lot).
Here are some photos from the trip, I hope you enjoy.

Finally, i would be remiss if I didn't mention a passing of one of my favorite movie characters of all time, sweet Lou.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

what's up?

Hey All-

Been far too long between posts and I hope this note finds everyone well. Posted a video from Saturday Night Live - and this might be one of my favorite skits on the show called "What Up With That". I hope you enjoy it.

Not a lot has been new around here. Lisa just completed her first 5k last weekend and it looks like she is gearing up for another one this weekend. I am so proud of her. She did great and established a new personal best so that was really exciting.

She ran it with Jamie Burdorf and Mandy Hunecke and it was for a great cause as they raised over a 1,000 dollars for Leep. Saturday afternoon I worked the spring football game before we all hung out at Mandy and Justin's that night. It was great catching up with everyone. We live two miles from Mandy and Justin and don't see them enough and we haven't seen Aaron and Jamie since they stayed with my parents for the fourth of July last year.

Work has been good for both of us. The sports season is winding down (everything should be wrapped up by the end of May) and I'm looking forward to a nice, relaxing summer. If I get approved, I'll be heading to San Francisco for work in July and Lisa and I are hoping for a getaway at sometime this summer. Where, I don't know but we want to go somewhere and somewhere were we can do things relatively cheap.

Watching the biggest loser right now and they have to pen cattle. Of all the things they can do... Damn I should have applied for this season. I'm no expert herdsman, that's for sure, but I know that I could do this way better than these City Slickers.

That's really all I got... I'll take vacation ideas in the comments!

Hope all is well-

Scott, Lisa and Eddie

PS: Speaking of Eddie.... Little guy got his first kill a couple of weeks ago

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Maybe a summer home away from home...

Today was a great day in the Minnesota State Athletic Communications office. Through one of my boss's (PA) contacts, we got a private tour of the new Twins ballpark, Target Field.
Talk about a beautiful place to watch a game. Until my sophomore year of college, I had never been to an outdoor ball game before I went to Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City and I have seen about 10 games there. I have also been to Petco Park in San Diego and it (Petco) was the best ball park I have ever been to, until today. From everything I have heard, Target Field takes the best of every new ballpark and combines it into one. What I saw they took from Petco in San Diego was the open concourse. No matter where you walk around the concourse you can see the field basically unobstructed. They have also installed a boat load of HD tvs in the concourse so you never can miss the action. Plus they have added a lot more bathrooms and concession stands, so the lines won't be nearly as bad. Additionally the concourse is twice as wide as it was in the Dome.
For those who want, you can view my album of the day Facebook, here.
We had a good - busy - but good Easter. We drove down to Iowa Saturday night and had Easter Eve supper with Bryon, Brooke and Drake along with my Uncle Arnie. Dad grilled and we watched the Final Four and hung out, it was a good time. Drake is getting big and has a great personality so he's pretty fun to be around right now.
Sunday morning we got up went to church with my parents and then drove to Gaylord to have Easter Dinner with Lisa's family (immediate family, aunt, uncle, cousins and cousins kids). It turned out to be an absolute beautiful day and we hung outside for a couple of hours before heading back to Mankato.
Other than that, there isn't much new in our world. Hope everyone is well-
SnL and Eddie...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Three Things That Tripped my Trigger Today

Sorry for headline, I'm a sucker for alliteration.

But three things really chapped my ass today.

- Was out walking Eddie today at noon and it was cold (nice, sunny but cold) and walked by the elementary school that's a block from our house and the kids were outside for recess, no big deal right? What really bothered me was the fact that the air temp was like 35 degrees and there were more kids without coats (just sweatshirts) running around during recess. Where are the parents to tell them to wear their coats as they leave the house or even more so, where are the teachers to tell them to wear their coats at recess. Now I'm not one to tell people how to parent or teach, but seriously folks?

Secondly...I had to run back home after lunch to get a camera for the softball game and there were two people with strollers (a guy and a gal) coming off the trail. As I drove by them, I waved (I'm an Iowa farm boy, I wave at everyone) and they just started at me and almost looked annoyed at me as I waved at them. I was so close to rolling down my window and yelling at them to lighten up and telling them to lighten up, it's called a wave and when someone does it to them, you should do it back.

Finally, following supper tonight, I stopped by campus to wash my car and get some gas. As we drove by campus there were two punks that walked right throw the street and onto campus...No big deal right? Well the problem is, like five years ago someone walked across the street by campus was hit by a car and killed. Now this isn't that drastic, but as they walked, they didn't look either way for cars (I did stop). I gave my horn a quick honk, to tell the guys "Hey, you might want to look before you cross" and I was greeted with a the one finger salute. Now whatever, I don't care, but seriously, just care enough about yourself to look before you cross.

Okay, now that I seem like a grouchy old jerk, a couple of notes for you...
- Our softball coach, Lori Meyer, won her 800th game today. A couple of tidbits aboutMeyer... She is the winningest active collegiate coach (all divisions) in the state of Minnesota. During her tenure at Minnesota State, which covers more than a quarter of a century, Meyer has compiled a 800-536-3 (.579) record at Minnesota State and has coached 86.4 percent of MSU’s 925 victories in program history.

Finally, as you both know, Lisa and I both enjoy TV shows... If you aren't watching Parenthood, check it out, probably my favorite hour long (serious type) show on television. Secondly, if 30 Rock isn't the best comedy on TV it's close. And the Big Bang Theory might be 1a.

Okay, lots of random stuff, but that's what I've got.

In the words of Mr. Jon Larsen, what do you think? :)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

With playoff basketball starting tonight, I just wanted to share this... I love this month!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The office combined with curling

For those who know me, they know I love "The Office" and curling. Here they are combined.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ma...The Meatloaf

Not much going on here in the Nelsen household. Days are getting a bit longer, the sun is getting a bit stronger which makes me happy.

One highlight lately has been Lisa's new favorite cookbook that she found Campbells 1-2-3 Dinner (which I think should be called 1-2-3 supper, but i digress). Basically, it's two or three ingredients and a can of obviously, Campbell's soup. Last week, she made a great potato-broccoli-chicken dish and tonight was an awesome meatloaf. Didn't even need ketchup, it was made with Campbell's Golden Mushroom Soup. Amazing.

Currently I have been obsessed with the Olympics (surprise, surprise) and this one has been a lot of fun. Check out the post here about two of our women's hockey players who are playing against each other for the bronze medal. Which is pretty awesome if you ask me.
To top it off, David Backes and his American teammates downed Canada, 5-3, last Sunday night to win their pool. The Americans now take on the Swiss again tomorrow. Backes - who was both an All-American and an Academic All-American for the Mavericks when he played here is a class act and has a goal (pictured left), two assists and two penalty minutes so far.

I've also gotten into curling (Lisa finds it somewhat boring) but it is on during the day in the office and it's a game that I find fun to watch and full of strategy. I find my self getting mad at Americans a lot and tell myself that I shouldn't be mad because I have never even played the game before and don't know what I'm talking about. Sometimes it is just common sense though, but oh well. We do have a curling club here in 'Kato and I hope to be able to make it there sometime yet this winter.

Tonight have taken the night off from the games (at least for now) to watch two shows. Bryon (my brother) got me hooked on the show called American Pickers on History and I watched it tonight...great show. Lisa wanted to watch Idol (don't like it, don't hate it) since it's the first night that America votes. Tonight it's the ladies...Some are good some are bad. Right now some chick is trying to sing the Beatles and I didn't think it was good, but I guess the judges did. Ellen has made the show more watchable. I'm a huge fan of hers. She makes me laugh and I don't think she's full of her self.

*Note- I've already started the next paragraph but just saw there is a girl from West Des Moines, Iowa. I have a lot of pride in my home state, so I have to cheer for her. Damn this show, I'll probably watch now every week that she is on.

Work for me is going great right now. Our men's hoops team is 23-2, 16-2 in league play and they play for a share of the league title tomorrow against Augustana at 8 p.m. Our women have come on strong as well in the second half of the season and made a push to make the league playoffs. This weekend is a busy weekend for us. Hoops at the University of Mary, track and field is hosting the NSIC championships, our women's hockey team travels to Minnesota for the first round of league playoffs, our men's hockey team hosts the #1 team in the nation Denver, and our men's and women's tennis teams have seven matches in two days. Oh yea, softball added a double-header in the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, Minn., Friday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. (that's right in the morning, wake-up call for the softball team..4:15 am).
Well that's about it for tonight. You may not hear from me until the weekend, or next week, or even next month (it's the same thing :) )...
Until then
SnL (and Eddie)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Ya, I'm famous

Yesterday was the MSU Athletic Departments annual Big Bobber Ice Fishing trophy and I guess i got my picture taken with the tournament winner!
I scanned this out of today's Mankato Free Press

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Say What...

Just when you thought we were dead.

Sorry for the delay in blogs my friends. It's not that we have been super crazy, it's just that we've been super boring.

Life has been good, just boring that's all. Eddie is doing well. He is a good dog. He loves his trips to "school" and sits so proud in the backseat of the car when he knows that he is going up there.

I've stayed busy with athletics at MSU. Our winter season is in full gear. Hard to believe that the winter sports are almost done and spring sports are around the corner (that mean's maybe a Friday or Saturday night with my wife:) ).

Anyway, hope all is well, we'll be in touch soon.

SnL (and Eddie)