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Staff Picks – Work From Home Edition

From Favorite Movies to Best Work From Home Snacks and More, The DiscoverNEPA Team Chimes In

Since the state mandated shutdown of all non-life-sustaining businesses, the ol’ DiscoverNEPA headquarters has gone dark. We’re still hard at work creating and curating content. We’re just doing it separately and from home — like so many of you. And while our work certainly keeps us busy, we got to wondering… With so many people spending so much more time at home – working or not — what are they doing to pass the time?

As a result, we circulated a quick survey among the DiscoverNEPA team. And now, to satisfy your burning curiosity, here are the results:

What’s your favorite movie of all time?

Jill Patton — Writer

“Usually whatever I’ve seen recently. The last movie I watched was Parasite, which was 100% worth the hype. Knives Out was also fantastic.”


BrianIt’s a Wonderful Life
JonathanNo Country for Old Men
KristenHarry potter and the Goblet of Fire
RebeccaThe Big Lebowski
RyanThe Social Network
Sherie –  Almost Famous
MaryMy Best Friend’s Wedding

What’s your favorite kid's movie of all time?


Sherie Butzek — Content Coordinator

“Does The Goonies count? If not, any of the Toy Story movies.”


BrianToy Story 3 or The Sandlot
JillFinding Nemo
RebeccaThe Little Mermaid
MaryToy Story

What’s your favorite book?


Ryan Wood — Videographer

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James”


BrianBasketball (And Other Things) by Shea Serarno
CourtneyLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
Dave1984 by George Orwell
JillMe Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
JonathanThe Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
KristenLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
RebeccaPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
SherieGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
MaryThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

What’s your favorite children’s book?

Dave Kuharchik — Director of Strategic Partnerships

Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss”



BrianBut No Elephants by Jerry Smath
CourtneyThe Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Jill — Any of the Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park
JonathanThe Day The Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann
KristenGoosebumps Series by R.L. Stine (all of them)
RebeccaYou Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang
RyanEragon by Christopher Paolini
SherieOh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
MaryThe Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

What’s your favorite TV show of all time?


Kristen Lombardo – Social Media Manager

Grey’s Anatomy


DaveThe Walking Dead 
JillParks and Rec
JonathanThe Wire
RebeccaBob’s Burgers
RyanBreaking Bad

What’s your favorite board game?


Brian Johnson — Videographer

30 Seconds


CourtneyApples to Apples
RyanDead of Winter
SherieThe Game of Life

What’s your favorite video game?


Mary Kolessar – Executive Director

Pac Man (And…I just dated myself!)”


CourtneyMario Kart
DaveDouble Dragon (80s arcade version)
Jill – I’ve dedicated more hours of my life to Pokémon than I care to admit.
JonathanGTA San Andreas
Kristen – Does DDR count? Granted I haven’t played a lot in recent years…
RebeccaDr. Mario
RyanHalo 2
SherieMario Kart

What’s your favorite time-killing app?


Courtney Snyder – Photographer




What’s your favorite work from home snack?

Jonathan Davies – Writer

“It changes daily, but I guess something like, dried Mediterranean apricots, dried pitted dates, very extra healthy granola, farm-fresh, organic snap peas, wheat gras… And my wife has probably stopped reading – Tostitos. It’s really just Tostitos.”


Brian – Nothing beats an apple, but I’ve been sneaking some Tastycake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars.
Courtney – Apple slices & Peanut Butter
Dave – Peanuts
Jill – Guacamole
Kristen – Chocolate Sea Salt Rx Bar
Rebecca – Girl Scout Cookies
Ryan – Popcorn
Sherie – Pickles
Mary – Popcorn

What’s the top song on your work from home playlist?


Rebecca Milton – Creative Director

Kingston” by Faye Webster – from the Spotify Indie Chillout playlist 


Brian – “Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler
Courtney – “Take What You Want” by Post Malone ft. Ozzy Osbourne/Travis Scott
Dave – “Alone Together” by Fall Out Boy
Jill – Any song by Lord Huron
Jonathan – “This Must be the Place (Naïve Melody)” by The Talking Heads
Kristen –  Torn between “Giants” by Jackson Guthy or anything off of Lauv’s new How I’m Feeling album
Ryan – “Freelance” by Toro y Moi
Sherie – “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers
Mary – “Thunder Road” or anything by Bruce Springsteen

What’s the best thing about working from home?

Brian – Seeing my sons Patrick and Daniel and my wife whenever I want. Also, our daily lunch and dance fest around noon. It’s a show my friends!
Courtney – Cuddling up with my cat, Marley.
Dave – No morning rush out the door!
Jill – My “commute” is about three steps down the hallway. No rush hour traffic!
Jonathan – Shorts.
Kristen – Being able to hang with my cat Luna at all hours of the day.
Rebecca – Besides hopefully not contracting/spreading coronavirus? The constant companionship of my bulldog’s snores.
Ryan – A napping cat on your lap makes every day better.
Sherie – Being able to hang out with my dog, Ozzie!
Mary – Daily video conference calls with the rest of the DiscoverNEPA team


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