My GISHWHES Adventure

Hello everyone!

This morning at 2AM Ohio time, GISHWHES (The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) came to an end. Which means I am officially allowed to show you all what we’ve been working on this week! It’s going to be an image-heavy post, there will be links to YouTube Videos and it’s going to be awesome. We find out who won in two months-ish.

First, you can find the complete list of items: GISHWHES 2016 List of Items. I invite you to take a peek around, read some of this massive to-do list. If you’re interested in what it is that we were doing this week, or if you might want to do it next year, this is a great place to start.

I’m going to try to make this organized. I’ll post the ones I did, with captions of what they were, then my favorites from my team, then links to the video items. That way it’ll at least represent some linear pattern.

I had to find a constellation in freckles. (Thanks honey!)

This one was to dress up in a flower crown and then fastforward time to “age” both me and the crown. I love my scarf-it’s SPN inspired.

I was raising awareness for My Hope Chest, which provides reconstructive surgeries for women with breast cancer. Excuse the sweat, it was 100 degrees outside! And yes, I was required to post it to my Twitter account during the week.

This one was to personify a street sign. I thought it was genius.

A not-so-well-known social injustice. And you bet I definitely believe it. The caption (if you can’t read it) says “The real social injustice here is people drinking a decaffeinated caffeine beverage. It’s like going to a restaurant and asking for a glass of diet water to wash down the entire diet cake you just stuck in your mouth.”

This one was hard! I had to recreate an old childhood photo. I don’t care what you say, I was a cute kid lol And I did this without stretching so ha!

I had to paint Zachary Levi on a pair of Levi’s jeans.

I was the coupon fairy, leaving coupons at the items!

This one made me laugh so much. I think it’s great. Time will tell if it really is or not.

This one took me the longest. One of my teammates wrote a poem in binary and I had to create a pattern out of the poem. It took almost 5 hours. MC stands for MIsha Collins-who runs GISHWHES. The bottom right is a Boat.

I had to plant a tree-and I chose to plant maple keys.
Here are my favorites from my team:

The item was “Rainbow Teeth”

An icon made from candy.

Defending the panty aisle.

Visiting a nursing home (or Misha’s grandmother) dressed as a pirate.

Dining in a 50’s themed restaurant dressed as Jedis-bonus points for being served by a sith. My favorite thing about this video is the guy in the background eating and staring.
Here are the video links:

Sinscreen Commercial: Sinscreen

Human Transformer: Transformer

GISHWHES Jingle (I did this one): Jingle

Carry On My Wayward Son A Capella (I did this one): COMWS

Bob Ross Paint Along (I did this one, but will be redoing it for realsies later): Paint Along

THis isn’t a video, but it’s a link to the crowd rise for what I talk about next: CrowdRise

Along with all of this, we raised awareness for Breast Cancer, Strokes, Vanishing Habitats and raised (as a collective movement) $200K USD for FOUR refugee families. One of them was the family of a little girl (aged 12) who tried do kill herself so that her family would be better able to feed her siblings.

And the niftiest thing to happen to me? 


So as you can see, I’m now a dual-citizen AND I have my knighthood. That’s definitely going on my resume. 

Alrighty folks, this has been my week. I haven’t shared everything that we did, as there were over 100 items we completed! But the important take-aways from this are that I absolutely had a blast, I helped people, raised awareness, found a side of myself I hadn’t even known was there and discovered that I’m actually really competitive.

I have some pretty documented social anxiety, along with other stuff, and for this week, it wasn’t a problem almost at all. I mean, I went to a library AT MY COLLEGE-where people know me and work with me-and wore a bra on the outside of my shirt for crying out loud. If that isn’t doing something crazy, I don’t know what is. 

I sent a message to Misha Collins before GISHWHES started, telling him why I decided to sign up. Well, more like responded to one of his Facebook posts about why people might not be signing up for GISHWHES. And you know what? He responded to me.


I looked at that screenshot before I started GISHWHES last Saturday and I looked at it again when it ended. I’d love-LOVE to win the grand prize. I really, really would. But I can’t help but feel that I have won. I celebrated my 2 months free of self-harm during the hunt. And although I know I have a long journey ahead, I have the blessing of Misha Collins-who is one of my “heroes”. So when I say that GISHWHES has given me more than I gave it, I don’t think I’m exaggerating at all. I’m going to send him a thank you letter (snail mail) as soon as I recover from the week of all-nighters, paint and crafting.

Only 365 days until GISHWHES 2017. I can’t wait!

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GISHWHES 2016

 

In light of all that has happened, I wanted to maybe talk about something which is a lot happier, a bit kinder and lighthearted. It’s something I’m doing for the first time this year, and it’s a lot of good spirited fun, combined with a little bit of humanity. I am talking about GISHWHES.

GISHWHES stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. (I must have an affinity for bizarre acronyms.) It is a week long venture where teams of 15 try to complete a list (of about 100 things) for points in order to win a trip and other prizes. This year’s trip is to Iceland (which sounds awesome). You can sign up as an individual, or as a pre-formed team. You don’t even have to be part of the same state or even country to be on a team (which is awesome). My team is Dean’s-Pie-Hunters. We represent (so far) 5 states and a total of 4 countries. As of this post, we’re working with a team of 14, but someone may be our 15th, making a full team (which is VERY exciting).

So there is still a week left to register, and therefore the list of items cannot be released yet, but there are the lists from previous years, so that you can see what the teams will basically be doing. The list from last year can be foundĀ here. GISHWHES is the owner of several Guinness Book of World Records including Largest Media Scavenger Hunt, Longest Chain of Safety Pins, Largest Online Photo Album of Hugs and (my personal favorite) Most Pledges to Complete a Random Act of Kindness. (Verification can be foundĀ here.)

Anyway, I’m bringing this up today because of a couple reasons. First, because the world needs a bit more happiness today (and every day). Second, because I get behind what this concept is: working together in a way which promotes international community and acts of kindness. Third, because I’m genuinely excited about it. I’m a huge fan of Misha Collins, I love breaking out of my comfort zone to do things like this, and I’ve been lucky enough to find a group which is both international and competitive. We’re hoping to win, and yet, it’s so much more than that. (There are casual groups, but I wanted to compete lol.)

Anyway, if this sounds like something you’d like to do, there are several options for registration, including a Gish-olarship, which waives your registration fee. And then you too can be a part of the Gish-unity. If you do decide to register, would you mind dropping my email into the referral box? It’s anthromichelle@outlook.com

Thanks! And good luck!

slangaroo(Oh, and P.S.-the mascot this year is a Slangaroo and her baby Joey Jack. If that’s not exciting, I don’t know what is.)

 

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(And this is the Gish-bus.)