The picture you see above, well, that is me. I think I smoothed out a few blemishes on my skin, but no other photoshop was done to the picture.
My full name is Ashleigh Langhein. I was born on 9 September 1985 at the Fontier Hospital in Queenstown, South Africa. I am the daughter of Andrew Ian Langhein (1952 - 2010) and Janet Louise Peter Langhein (1953 - present). My ancestor, Karsten Langhein (as on his tombstone) came to South Africa from Germany in 1858 and he was involved in the Baptist Church here in South Africa. I'll be posting an account of my lineage at a later stage.
I grew up attending the Queenstown Baptist Church. I went to primary school at Balmoral Girls Primary School in Queenstown and High School at Queenstown Girl's High School. I finished Grade 12 in 2003.
In 2004 I moved to Bloemfontein, South Africa to study Information Technology at the University of the Free State. I have been living in Bloemfontein ever since, and currently own a small house here now.
In 2011 I started working at a local business called Ouch! a touch of technology. But I make a point not to talk anything business related on this blog since I like to focus on my life outside of work here, also a lot of the work I do I cannot talk about since it is Intelectual propery of the business.
As far as my faith is concerned, I don't remember a time when I didn't believe in God. I was brought up knowing God and I was baptised in 2009. I cannot explain how I am convinced God exists, but I just see all the amazing things he has done in my life and I know for sure it couldn't be anybody other than him. At the moment I am attending the student church Kovsie Kerk at the University of the Free State on a regular basis.
I feel I have a number of talents and skill that are very broad. I am talented in logical problem solving, programming, cooking, baking, sewing, cross-stitch and writing. I'm starting my hand at vegetable gardening now, so I'll let you know if I discover a talent for that too.
Besides for my talents I have a number of hobbies that I wouldn't say I am skilled in. I enjoy gardening, reading, management computer games, knitting and crafting.
This is one thing that is difficult for me to describe about myself. I feel I am wise, but not always socially intelligent. Sometimes I say the wrong thing at the wrong time to the wrong person. I have difficulty keeping conversations going, and regularly want to give advice when a person needs empathy.
I care about other people and don't want to cause anybody hurt in any way, and the most difficult thing for me is to cause somebody emotional pain, but I will do it if there is no other way.
I am an introvert and find that my internal batteries get recharged when I am alone, and drained when I am around people. I enjoy hosting dinners at my house and inviting friends over, but after 4-5 hours I am usually exhausted from all the social interaction and have great difficulty maintaining a cheerful disposition. I love people, and I love being around people, but not for periods longer than a couple of hours.
I never get bored. I can always find something for myself to do. This may be an advantage of having grown up as an only child.
I am also a child at heart, and I don't ever plan on growing out of my child-like side (because being an adult is boring). I love playing with Lego. I love "playing house". I love Disney movies. I love games. Most of the time I only get through my work because in my mind I turn it into a game. I cannot take life seriously, because then I get depressed.
And that is me, in a nutshell. I hope you enjoyed reading this about me page!