WOW! What a week that was!
Last week I took part in GIsHWheS – the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen! Basically GIsHWheS is a huge scavenger hunt which is silly, creative, rewarding and heaps of fun. It takes place across the whole world and anyone can join in … there’s bound to be something you can do from the 200+ list of items.
Each team is made up of 15 people, but no worries if you can’t find 14 other crazy friends, as the computer that is Gishbot combines smaller teams together and then puts you all in touch. Our UK team had nine participants ready to go, including my good friend Maddy from The Naked Dyke, and before GIsHWheS started we were paired with a team of six excited ladies from Holland to become team Kale Ice Cream Loves Supernaturally Sexy. WE WERE AWESOME! Or ABNOSOME – “awesome in an abnormal way” as Misha Collins puts it’.
The whole team 🙂
When we first saw the list of items it was daunting … 213 items … just one week …. wow this was going to be tough! And it was tough. It was exhausting and there were tears. But we had a lot more laughs, did a lot of good and, in the end I feel so proud of the things we have achieved.
We completed 55 of the items for the hunt – over a quarter! – and now that the hunt is over I can finally share with you some of the crazy that was team Kale Ice Cream Loves Supernaturally Sexy.
So here is … our GIsHWheS 2015 … (If you’re in any doubt what we’re actually doing in some of the images just click on the picture to see the caption)
We were arty:
We used paper, sand, yarn, pencils, paint and flowers to create some amazing things. Throughout GIsHWheS we learned some new skills and had the change to push our creativity to the max as we interpreted each item.
Create a cocktail dress or tux out of flowers and photograph yourself in a contrasting “greenless” urban setting
Create an image however you wish of one of your favorite actors as a My Little Pony and tweet it to them
Record yourself and friends singing a quartet rendition of “Carry On My Wayward Son” in an amphitheater after you Google-translate it into at least three other languages and then back to English
Make a macrame holster for a pistol
Let’s see an ice, snow or sand sculpture of a Supernatural character
You’ve been hired to design the cover of National Geographic’s next issue, “Discovering The Padalecki”
Yarnbomb something in your town that shouldn’t be yarn bombed
A drawing, painting or digital image (no photoshopping of existing images) of Misha and the Queen as 1950 pin-up BFF girls
Beautifully recreate an optical illusions using real bodies and/or props
Design and wear an elegant gown consisting of only construction paper
We were crazy:
Eggs, butter, pasta sauce, cake, condiments … we smooshed a lot of weird things on our bodies this week! Our team made a 2 foot tall Colosseum out of sugar cubes only to then melt it with hot chocolate, a raft from plastic bottles and a horror movie staring a xylophone.
Everyone likes drive-thrus and “Jeopardy.” Combine them by going through a drive thru and making the employee guess your order by describing the items to them with the “answer.”
Order a sandwich at a deli consisting entirely of condiments. There can be no bread, no meat, and no veggies. Eat it at the counter
While blindfolded, stand behind your seated friend in a fancy restaurant and put your arms under their armpits and feed them cake with your hands
Construct an iconic building over 2 feet high out of sugar cubes (or marshmallows) and then film melting it with some kind of liquid
Make your own horror movie trailer entitled, “X is for Xylophone”
Make a dog entirely out of feminine hygiene products. The dog must be at least 40 centimeters tall
Show us your version of “Tai Chi Breakfast”
Find someone you love and butter them up; literally, cover them in butter and then give them a big hug
Build a raft made entirely out of empty plastic water bottles and float in a lake on your raft
Let’s see the “spaghetti” scene from “Lady and the Tramp”
We were kind:
Our team sure did share the love last week – hugs, donations, awareness of equality, hand massages, nostalgia and general kindness. There were several items from the list that sure did make me feel proud to have such inspiring, open-minded and talented friends – these guys rock!
Dressed in something celebratory, hug someone you love, motionless, in a very crowded location
Add balance to the universe (and bolster capitalism) by asking for something in exchange for hugs: hold up a sign on a busy sidewalk that reads, “Hugs $5”. Donate anything you make to your favorite charity
Have an elderly relative take you back to an important location from their childhood and have them recount a memory of that spot
Tweet a photo of two men or women kissing each other (clothed) to @Ricksantorum #facerealityRick @gishwhes
Create a beautiful tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy
Show us your idea of love
Create a beautiful kindness haiku on a nice, homemade card
Host a “Going Away Party for a Boardgame” and then take it to a shelter for families living there
Do something nice for a Random Acts volunteer (or for the staff of another all-volunteer organization)
The best thing? WE HAD FUN! Oh yes, we had loads of fun and I have so many memories:
How many people can say that they buttered up their partner … literally; made a dog out of sanitary towels and tampons (that supermarket trip was interesting); smashed a few eggs on their friend’s face; or used a hamster as a mustache? I did all of those and more! I also yarn-bombed a buoy and donated a board game to a family in a shelter (after throwing it the most amazing farewell part of course).
Translate your favorite slogan into legalese
Prove there’s a ghost in a Starbucks working as a barista
Design and build a comfortable, functional piece of living room furniture made entirely from repurposed/recycled materials
Throw a conspiracy theorist party complete with tin foil hats and suspicious guests
Bummer. We just got a report that the world is going to end. You’ve got time to do one thing. What is it?
Show us something you find beautiful that most others would deem ugly
Do a dramatic reading of your grade-school report card
Stop hiding your true talent. The world deserves to see it. Without using special effects or trick editing, make a person disappear
The cats are coming! Prepare your dog for battle
Dress your child up or convert them back into keplerians and take them to a park, playground, ice cream shop
But do you know what I learned from this whole experience? That my friends are AMAZING! We can do anything we put our minds to. Together we can break down our own personal boundaries to make each other better people – hug strangers, donate to charity, or do random acts of kindness. This week we shared the love and I don’t want to stop now. Seriously – look at the images above and you will see – these guys are the best.
No one was safe from the madness that was GIsHWheS!
I have laughed so much this week and it doesn’t matter how tired I am or how much I hurt right now … because now I can rest knowing that I did something – our team brought some laughter and kindness to this world. Our team were amazing 🙂