Last Week on Inked Brownies

The 50 Questions Tag

After having eyed this tag for months now on other people’s blogs, Cindy finally managed to encourage me to do it as well. And 15 minutes my arse!! πŸ˜‰

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Closed, definitely closed. God knows what skeletons might come falling out after midnight. Or shoes…mostly shoes.

2. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

I always preferred them to be tucked in, but for the past two years or so, I fold them over my feet, so they are technically still tucked in, but not really?

3. Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

I haven’t, but I’ve been SO tempted to steal this one for years now:


It literally means porridge land and I just love porridge.

4. Do you cut out coupons and never use them?

Yes. I also have several tins full of those points you get with tea bags. Some of them passed on to me by my grandma. One day, I’ll pass them on to my children or grandchildren.

5. Would you rather be attacked by bears or bees?

Well, I’ve read some pretty interesting stuff on bear sex somewhere recently… So I’m going for bears.

6. Do you have freckles?


7. Do you always smile for pictures?


8. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?


9. Have you ever peed in the woods?

This question should be: where have you not peed? What? I have to pee a lot, so I really can’t be picky anymore.

10. What about pooped in the woods?

Okay, pooping is a whole different level there, cowboy. If I did, it must’ve been when I was really young and deliberately blocked it from my memory.

11. Do you chew your pens and pencils?

Not anymore. I chew a lot of gum while blogging. I read somewhere that it’s good for keeping your cortisol levels low.


12. What’s your song of the week?

13. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

Of course, it is! I’m not saying I’m attracted to these guys, though. Usually (being very prejudiced here, I know) if a guy wears something pink, it either means he’s gay, he’s being dressed by a woman, or he’s a hipster.

14. Do you still watch cartoons?

Hell yeah, why wouldn’t I?

15. What do you drink with dinner?

If I drink something with my dinner, it’s just half a glass of water. I usually don’t drink anything at all, though, because of #9: I pee a lot and don’t want to end up in the woods if I can do anything to prevent it.

16. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

Sweet BBQ sauce.

17. What’s your favourite food?

Desserts. I love the idea of a desserts-only restaurant.

18. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

No, but when it comes to the level of nerdiness, does going to Sunday school (voluntarily; my parents aren’t religious at all) and being a member (okay, and founder) of the Dead Bird Club count?

19. Would you ever strip or pose naked for a magazine?

I don’t think I’d be able to face any of my family members afterwards. So nope.

20. Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket?

Twice. And I was only going 5km/h too fast. Bureaucratical bastards!

21. Favourite kind of sandwich?

One with tuna, lettuce, red onions, fresh mozzarella, tomato, yoghurt mayonnaise and a touch of pepper. Nom!

22. Best thing to eat for breakfast?

French toast with maple syrup.

23. What’s your usual bedtime?

I try to go to bed at 10pm, but now that it’s a holiday, it goes up to 11pm quite often, which I’m bummed about. Not because I’m a morning person, by the way, (I am totally not) but because I have a sleeping disorder which is treated best with strict bedtimes. *sighs*

24. Are you lazy?

I can’t hang around on my couch all day without doing something, let alone lie in bed all day for the hell of it. So in that aspect, I’m not. I am when it comes to doing certain chores, though. Or maybe that’s just called reluctantly lazy?

25. What is your Chinese astrology sign?

A rooster. no cocks Go figure :’)

26. How many languages can you speak?

Dutch – fluently
English – almost fluently
German – I can understand about 90% of what’s being said, but I mix it up with Dutch way too much to be a comfortable speaker of it myself
French – moderately: high school level
Italian – moderately: I passed my B2 level about 3 years ago, which means upper intermediate, but I seem to forget things rather quickly again lately, so meh
Arabic – I studied Arabic for about three years in total on a university level, so I should know this pretty well. Sadly, this was over 10 years ago and I remember jack shit about it. I promised the Syrian refugees who moved in next to my parents to go and help them out with learning Dutch, but I’m just too embarrassed to go over there with my incredibly crappy level of Arabic at the moment. I can still read and write it, though!
Moroccan – an Arabic dialect of which I can remember more words than the actual Arabic itself, but still, suckedy-suck
Danish –  I passed my A2 level. Can’t for the life of me pronounce anything with a ‘g’ or a ‘d’ in it.
Turkish – also passed my A2 level

As you can see, I have a passion for languages but almost everything is just really, really rusty.

27. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

Not at the moment.Every once in awhile, I try a subscription to something I find interesting. From historical magazines to psychology magazines, and the most recent one: New Scientist. The thing is, I never get to reading them? So then I have to go through all the effort of writing a letter to cancel it…

28. Are you stubborn?


29. Are you afraid of heights?

Not necessarily afraid, but I can’t say I  would truly enjoy living on the top floor of a skyscraper (for a multitude of reasons, though).

30. Do you sing in the car?

Only when I’m alone in said car and that’s almost never. I’m a whistler, though!

31. Do you ever dance in the car?

Yes, especially when one of the songs of Barney Stinson’s Get Psyched list is on the radio! SHOT THROUGH THE HEART!! \m/

32. Ever used a gun?

Does a super soaker count? Gosh, I’ve never even seen a real gun!

33. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

Two years ago, we did a family portrait of the ‘kids’ (plus our dog) for my parents-in-law. I’m not going to post it here for privacy reasons and the fact that I look fat on it, but I can tell you this: estimated me to be 14. \o/?

34. Do you think muscles are cheesy?

What kind of question is this? Why would muscles be cheesy?!

35. Favourite type of fruit pie?


36. Occupation you wanted to be when you were a kid?

Either a newsreader on TV, an archaeologist, a zookeeper, or join the national marine! Oh, and a writer.

37. Do you believe in ghosts?

I try very hard not to! But don’t make me watch one of those ghost hunter reality shows. I once saw an episode of something similar yeaaaars ago and it still haunts (heh) me to this day.

38. Ever had a deja-vu feeling?

Lots of times.

39. First concert?

Oh man! I’ve been to quite a few, so I’m not entirely sure, but I think it might’ve been Tori Amos. I went to see her four times in total so that ups the chances as well.

40. Nike or Adidas?

Nike Air Max are still by far the most comfortable shoes I’ve walked in. I might look like a chav with them, but comfort goes a long way.

 “Wear comfortable shoes. It’s just better to walk through life in comfortable shoes.
–Alexis Bledel

41. Ever take dance lessons?

Sweet baby Jesus, yes, and I prefer not to talk about it. It was absolutely horrible!

42. Regularly burn incense?

Not anymore. I used to burn it a lot, but then I realised something…I mean, is it just me, or do all those incense sticks just smell the same? Like…something’s burning basically? I never went for the cheap ones, quality > price, but really, is it just me?? The only noteworthy result I had was after burning them and my room would smell slightly of sandalwood or something. But during? Never.

43. Who would you like to see in concert?

Oh geez, that’s a tough one! I’d still like to see Muse but tickets to their concerts are ridiculously expensive. Call me an old fart, but I still want to see Bryan Adams or Bon Jovi as well. I love their music so why the heck not? I don’t know if Modern Talking is still performing. If they are, hot damn, totally missed an opportunity there when it comes to that wedding band!!

Yes, you’re very welcome for being shown yet another gem of a video.

44. Hot tea or cold tea?

I like’em both, but I drink hot tea three times a day, so hot tea it is.

45. Tea or Coffee?

Tea, hands down. I don’t like the taste of coffee plus caffeine makes me go nuts. I do, however, like the smell of coffee. I worked in a Fair Trade shop where I was guilty of sniffing out the bags of coffee by squeezing out the air through the little valve. Until there was no air left and then moved on to the next bag.

46. Can you swim well?

Well enough.

47. Are you patient?

I’m very patient, actually! Yet when I am done with waiting, I’m done with it for good.

48. DJ or band at a wedding?

I got married last year and we had neither of these because it would be yet another stranger added to our wedding, which we both felt uncomfortable with. So we put together a mix tape of all kinds of silly songs plus some good old Irish drinking songs. For the ladies, of course.

49. Which are better, black or green olives?

Depends on what you’re eating them with. If it’s simply olives, I’ll go for the big green ones. If it’s on a tuna pizza, black ones are delicious.

50. Would you rather live in a fictional world or the real world?

Since I already have enough trouble with keeping my feet firmly planted in the real world (I’m such a dreamer), I prefer the real world. As long as I can read to mentally escape to a fictional world!

 Whew, I made it momma! If you haven’t done it yet and feel like doing this tag as well, please don’t shy away from it like I did at first. It’s really fun and I’d love to read your answers! πŸ™‚


About Anne (231 Articles)
Dutch book reviewer who reviews in English. Grammar nazis beware!! I like brownies. And chamomile tea.

21 Comments on The 50 Questions Tag

  1. Mybookfile // 01/07/2016 at 23:03 // Reply

    Yeeeeeey you did the tag! How long did it take you then? We should go to Denmark! And I just really really loved your post ^^

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    • I believe I have the right to remain silent on that one :’). Long! I wanted to this August, but meh, poop. My Danish friend is planning on coming over this way instead, though, so if I can bring him with me to Leiden for practicing :’). Thank yous!!

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  2. Great, some really amusing answers. 😊

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  3. So funny to read! I thought coupons meant something different when I answered these questions so I don’t know now who’s right.. But let’s talk about the important thing..The Dead Bird club, really? So what did you do exactly there? This is making me very curious now.

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    • Ooh, coupons are still what you think they are! (I think xD). I cut ones out of newspapers and for MacDonalds as well, put them in my bag and never use them ;). But I figured saving points (?) also count!
      Mkay, The Dead Bird Club.
      The first rule of The Dead Bird Club is: you go outside and look for dead birds.
      The second rule of The Dead Bird Club is: you ‘scoop’ them up and give them a proper burial at the Dead Bird Club cemetery (speeches included).
      The third rule of The Dead Bird Club is: don’t get hit by a car while running away from The Dead Bird Club cemetery without looking first. I failed the last rule and that was the end of it for me :(. Darn kids.


      • HAHAHA, OMG this is hilarious, you look around for dead birds and give them a funeral. It shows you’re really a big animal lover though which is admirable. And that you have lots of fantasy, the idea of such a club alone ;-). Thanks for brightening my day :-). And no I’m not laughing at you at all !

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        • πŸ˜€ Well, it all started after I found a dead bird at kindergarten and brought it to the teacher. She wrinkled her nose in disgust, took it from me and dumped it in a trashcan. That just called for justice by starting a club! πŸ˜‰ Hahaha, you’re welcome πŸ˜‰

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  4. bookheathen // 02/07/2016 at 13:54 // Reply

    French toast with maple syrup! Sounds delicious – you are full of surprises.

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  5. πŸ˜€ hahaha, roared a laugh at nr 5! Mega!
    Hilarious as always, so you are πŸ™‚ Good stuffs…

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  6. Cezane & Michelle // 03/07/2016 at 07:16 // Reply

    Really really loved this πŸ˜„πŸ˜„
    I enjoyed every answer.
    Was such a fun read to start my day with.
    A treat to know more of you Anne. – Cezane

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  7. 9 languages! I’m so jealous!

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  8. katelynnhillier // 04/07/2016 at 20:54 // Reply

    What monsters sleep with closet doors open?! Other than the monsters that hide in said closets…. shifty eyes
    I HAVE A SIGN YOU SHOULD STEAL! There’s a town in Newfoundland called Dildo (they also have a wharf / harbour) and they can never keep their town signs. Even welding them permanently to steel I-Beams the signs still manage to disappear. The town council tried to change the name of the town but the towns people refused, saying they loved it!
    I don’t know if Blow-Me-Down Lane is in Dildo, but that should also be a sign you should steal.
    There’s another town in Newfoundland called Conception Bay South – they have the greatest ice cream shop next to this HUUUGE running stream over solid rock, in the summer you’d grab an ice cream and sit in one of the pools in the rocks. And there was a great little book store that I bought something around three dozen Animorph books. (technically the ice cream and river are on the cusp of Mount Pearl and Conception Bay, but we always said it was Conception Bay because that was way more fun to say).
    Ahaha, “Are you stubborn?” “Probably.” So cute!
    So many cute questions!! This is a great post, love it!

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    • LOL :’) I just dropped a fake-angry note to my Newfie friend. We’ve known each other for 10+ years and he never mentioned this to me! pouts Withholding vital information from me like that. We can all see who’s my bestest semi-Newfie friend from now on! I keep telling him I want to move to St.John’s btw. He keeps telling me I’m crazy because it always snows there shrugs.

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ I hope you don’t mind the traffic I sent to your blog. All those people just dying to find out what the bear sex is about!


    • Oh myyy, and some more NL gems were sent to me :’). My friend opts for opening up a condom factory in Dildo.


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