Monday, August 26, 2013

KIIP Level 2: Grammar Lesson Links

Since you don't feel like looking through books for this stuff.
Using TTMIK (and a few others)
to study for your
KIIP Beginner 2 Level Test

This is,
the best thing ever
for studying for this class.

Click here for KIIP Beginner 2 Vocabulary practice:

Click here for KIIP Intermediate 1 Grammar:

Chapter 1


No good lesson found

Chapter 2

even though


Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5


~(으)ㄹ 수 있다/없다
Can do or can't do

Chapter 6


~(으)ㄹ 것 같다
to think something will happen

Chapter 7


~지 못하다, 못

Chapter 8


~(으)ㄴ 후에

~기 전에
before doing

Chapter 9

~고 있다


Chapter 10


Chapter 11


~기로 하다

Chapter 12

~는/은/ㄴ 데:

~려고 하다: 

Chapter 13


~아/어야 되다(하다):

Chapter 14


~(으)ㄹ 때
When one does something

Chapter 15 

~아/어 보다:
To try something, try to do something

~아/어도 되다
To ask permission

Chapter 16


to gradually become something over time

Chapter 17

~(으)ㄴ 지
Wether or not

~게 되다: 

Chapter 18 

Politeness levels

Chapter 19

~(으)ㄴ 적이 있다/없다
To have or have not done something before

what happened or will happen 

Chapter 20



As a parting gift here is a hard to use website filled with great stuff:


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

i before e, except for little old me!

Part of being truly happy is accepting yourself wholeheartedly.  There is no good or bad, better or worse, they're just lenses in which we see the world through.  This also applies to things like "supposed to", or "normal." Yes, it would occur to most people to play a bunch of gigs before they ever think about recording an album.  It just wasn't on my list of priorities at the time.  
That being said, having recorded my first EP, I've learned that songs are similar to crisp, new, denim jeans - they need to be worked in a bit before the fit is just right! (Bali is also one of the few places in the world where you can get a feeling for singing with bands as the majority of musicians will bring you in on their sets to sing - almost EVERYTIME!)
Having sung my songs from The Devilicious Sessions for over a year, when Bar Luna approached me about doing a night that was just mine - I jumped at the chance!  

 Having never gotten to create my own setlist and play songs that I wrote with covers that I could adapt and make fun and bluesy, I got to a point after singing for about 20 minutes where you gain a certain kind of momentum and really take people on a musical journey - altering the atmosphere.  
Obviously, I've experienced this seeing other musicians perform, but it really felt like an accomplishment to finally be able to do it myself, with the songs I've written!

 My amazing producer, Lloyd, (who even though he wasn't feeling the greatest) flawlessly accompanied me and kept the vibe perfectly bluesy!

Hello, I'm Norma Jean ;)

Post-performance glow!

Tons of friends came out to support me!  I'm SO blessed!!!

My album, The Devilicious Sessions, was just recently released on July 11th, 
and is available on iTunes

Check out me, Norma Jean, on facebook for all
performance updates, new songs, and other musical shenanigans!

Follow me on Instagram for doodles and updates


Monday, August 5, 2013

Vacation Stage Three: make time for my love

He arrived early in the morning,
exhausted but all smiles.

We have shared so many wild adventures,
but this one is the brightest of them all.
After experiencing a disproportionate
amount of violence and tragedy. 
We have spent the better part of two decades
chasing a dream of living without fear.

We have found it in
"The land of the morning calm." 

Forget vacation, let the living begin.

An average morning in the Rivers-Woods household.

Kayaking in Namhae

Vacation Stage Two: a little me time.

Let's get this party started.
After a few months of "togetherness"
it was time for a little silence.
I need a room of my own.

This year my adventures were different.
With busted up leg and ankle,
things had to be simpler and less grandiose. 

So I went with what I knew, 
and headed off to Namhae
for a little rest and rehab in the sea.

The traitorous leg.  Only useful for propping up a tired arm. 
As always, my first meal was street food. 
My favorite pension is humble, but filled with charm and delight.
First things first, sleep.
Second, write.
Third, get my butt to the beach.
How an Alaskan packs for a sumer day.
One of the things I love about it here, is everyone is in the water.
And that "everyone" included me.
The perfect energy food.
I could watch this all day, ALL DAY!!!

Nights are spent studying and people watching.
Small town life.