Typical LOLZ Birthday

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and had a great time.  Although I was supposed to go up and race Boilermaker in Utica, I had a great time in NJ too.  My birthdays are always ridiculous (this isn’t any different from any other part of my life) but generally something interesting or unusual happens each year.  

It always stinks to be injured but I made the best of the situation.  I still had the weekend off from work and got to hang out with Tim.  (Due to our schedules, we don’t have a lot of free weekend time together).

We wear real clothes occasionally.
We wear real clothes occasionally.

On Saturday night, we went to Mastori’s Diner.  This is my favorite diner dessert wise but not food wise.  The food is decent but it’s really the dessert that makes me want to go there.  My 1500 calorie red velvet cake is probably the reason why.



Anyways the dinner experience itself was interesting.  We sat at a pretty awkward table that made it extremely easy to eavesdrop into all of the work drama.  I heard employees whining, making fun of customers and being overall demanding and rude to each other.  I thought it pretty humerus but it’s definitely something that would upset a lot of people.

Oh well, got my cake which is why I went to begin with.

On Sunday, we went to Atlantic City.  I ended up winning about 40 dollars on the slot machines.  (I never play tables).  I stopped while I was ahead and we used the money to pay for a trip on the Atlantic City boardwalk “Slingshot”.  I am really proud of myself for getting the courage to go on this thing.

Real life roller coaster tycoon
Real life roller coaster tycoon

I had thought it was similar to one of the theme park rides where it takes you up to the top and drops you.  I had expected it to do that.  For some reason I missed the start of the other two times it went off while we were walking up to it.  (There was no line so we didn’t see anyone while waiting).

Seems like guests never want to go on the merry go round in real life either...
Seems like guests never want to go on the merry go round in real life either…

Well you can watch the entire ride here: (it’s like we are hanging out in real life while being launched into space.)

After that we walked around the outlets, hung out on the board walk and just relaxed.  It was overall just a nice relaxing Sunday.

I really appreciate everyone’s birthday wishes and cheer.  I’m not one that makes a big deal out of my birthday and takes “birthday weeks or months” so this was great for me.  I can’t say it’s any fun to be injured on your birthday but I made the best of my situation.  Now my birthday is done so I don’t need to continue thinking the world revolves around me and my birthday,

Anyways this is more photos in one post than my usual month quota (and a video!).

Questions for you:

Have you ever rode a “slingshot ride” or anything similar?

What did you do for your last birthday?  


  1. That looks like a lot of fun! Happy Belated Birthday!
    I just went out to happy hour with some friends. My boyfriend at the time totally ruined the night for me though – blah. I’m not a huge birthday person either though so it didn’t break my heart too much.

  2. Glad you had a nice birthday. I am also not one to make a big thing of my birthday which is a good thing since I never really get to do anything too special! Usually it’s a dinner out and cake with my family. Having kids also means my birthday is more about them getting to eat cake and making me a card than anything else 🙂

  3. I’ve never done that ride, but I remember seeing it at Carowinds, which is a theme park near Charlotte (we always went there in middle/high school on band trips). I don’t make a huge deal out of my birthday either, but it looks like you and Tim had a great time celebrating- sometimes low key is the best.

    1. I love Carowinds! I went there back in middle school and had a good time. I live about 25 mins from the Six flags in nj actually.

  4. Sounds like you had a great birthday!!!

    I’ve never done one of those types of rides and I don’t think I ever will! Although your video is hilarious and I love watching other people go on those rides.

    I got engaged 2 days before my last birthday, so I was just enjoying the excitement of it all. In fact, most people forgot my birthday because of the engagement! The night of my birthday I went to yoga, rather than going out to eat or anything because I really needed to relax! 🙂

    1. The more I watch it, the more embarrassed I feel like I should be.

      That sounds like a fabulous birthday. I needed some relaxing time too so I really have no complaints. 🙂

  5. I’m glad that you and Tim made the best of the weekend and that you got your cake too:) That ride looks like one I have been on before. But I cant say anything else because I’m too busy watching your video over and over.

  6. HAHAHA that video was one of the best things I’ve ever watched. I like when you go “I thought it was going to go slowly up!” and tim just goes “NO!”

  7. Sounds like a fun birthday! For my birthday last October I ran in the Baltimore marathon…it was a fun way to spend a birthday but I wasn’t up for much celebrating after!

  8. That’s great that you and Tim got to spend time together. Being apart most weekends, I imagine it felt like a real treat? That cake looks delicious. My birthday last year – went swimming in a nearby pond with my friend in the morning, worked all day, went home , had dinner, and watched t.v. Not “exciting” but I was content 🙂

  9. That ride…I just can’t even watch it without freaking out, I’m not sure how you managed to survive it! Tysen is a thrill ride junkie, so whenever we go places with roller coasters I am forced to ride with him and it’s all I can do not to throw up.

    I kind of enjoy listening to the inner-workings of restaurants when I am out eating, but only if the service and food are good to begin with. If I’m listening to my server complain and I’m also having to put up with bad food and bad service, I’m definitely unhappy. But I like to eavesdrop, so usually it works out!

    1. It was a combination if all three. It wasn’t the best diner visit I’ve had there but there are plenty of diners in the sea if NJ…

  10. That’s a brilliant video. You’d never get me on one of those things, even if it was the one where they just drop you. I’m just a total wuss about any kind of extreme ride, partially because I don’t really want to throw up all over everyone either during or after. I think you’re really brave!

    I’m so happy you had a nice birthday despite your injury 🙂


  11. Happy belated birthday hun! I can’t believe you guys did that ride haha. We watched it a couple times when we were there on the Ferris wheel, and there is no way either joe or I would go for it haha. I’ll ride any coaster around, but that’s as crazy as I get! Next time I go to AC, I really want to go to the outlets! They looked fun 🙂

  12. I like my birthdays low key or else I feel disappointed! This year I almost didn’t do anything because it was my wedding month too and I felt like the month couldn’t be all about me! But my friends got together for a quick dinner and it was really nice! I would NEVER do that slingshot thing! Ever! You look terrified, haha. And Tim is just chillin’ over there next to you, haha. I hate stuff like that! It’s awesome that you and Tim got to spend some time together! By the way, did you know on that video it goes into you complaining about guys on the internet? I’m cracking up.

  13. Happy [belated] Birthday, Hollie! Glad to hear that you had a pretty awesome one 😀 And there is NO way I’d ever go on a ride like that. I used to be all into the extreme ones when I was younger, but the older I get, the more of a chicken I become. For my last birthday, I think I took a trip up to the mountains to go snowboarding — is it horrible that I”m not 100% sure that’s what happened? 😆

  14. Awesome video and pictures – loved the shot of you and the monster cake slice when I saw it on Instagram! 🙂

    My family was never all that timely with my birthday growing up, so I would have it spread across a couple of weeks. So I am not ever worried about things happening on the actual day, or whatever … but AM used it lasting more than a day 🙂

    This year we were up in Rochester visiting colleges for the boys, but managed to hit the Medved running shoe store up there (nice place!) and get some new Virratas, and had a fun family dinner out. We were home the next night so had cake then 🙂

  15. Happy birthday! Sounds like such a fun weekend. And you go with the cake! I had all my favorites this weekend at the shore too–you’ve gotta indulge sometimes!

    I’m giving you mad props for the ride–no, I never do rides like that! Big ‘ole chicken here.

  16. That video is fantastic! I’ve not been on any rides for ages, but I always mean to check out the videos/pictures afterwards and ALWAYS forget to do so!
    Hope you had a great birthday. 🙂

  17. Happy belated birthday! That cake… om nom nom. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a slingshot ride, but I did do one of those straight drop water slides once. My last birthday… I started a new quarter of school, worked, and sat at home. Not much of a birthday celebrator when it’s my own. I’m glad you had such a good birthday!

  18. Happy belated birthday! It looks like you two crazy kids had a blast! I spent my last birthday with one of my best friends… We drank champagne and laughed and she even bought me a cake which I haven’t had in years!! This year (Saturday) we are going to saratoga race track with friends and just enjoying the day… I can’t wait!

  19. I died watching that video. I can’t imagine how terrifying that must have been, hahaha. I don’t think I’ve ever gone on something like that. Roller coasters are probably the closest thing. I’m also impressed that you went on it if you’ve been playing Roller Coaster Tycoon lately… I was always more scared to go on rides after that game.

    For my last birthday my friends and I rented a car and drove about an hour in the snow to go see Christmas lights at a place called Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. It was so beautiful!

  20. Your video is hilarious!!! Looks like you had an amazing time. Happy belated birthday!
    I’ve never done a ride like that before, other than the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney. I’m a wimpy scaredy cat.
    I was in Atlantic City for my last birthday. Lost a few dollars but had a great time 🙂

  21. As if you didn’t tell me it was your birthday, Hollie. YOU’RE A MEAN GIRL HOLLIE.

    Ironically, in (dis)honour of your birthday, the red velvet cake oatmeal pudding experiment failed. FAILED. You have ballZ for taking on a ride like that….I love rollercoasters but those…no bueno!

  22. Oh my gosh i totally missed your birthday! I knew we were july bday buddies. But oh well, happy late birthday! Oh and that video is the funniest thing i have seen! Haha. Im Not huge on rollercoasters but will go on a few

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