Gods, people like that are just...awful! I feel bad for them, in that they can never be happy, and it makes me sad to think of anyone living in a perpetual state of misery. But at the same time, they *choose* to be there. They love it, they wallow in it. They feel like it gets them the attention they are missing elsewhere in life (and how sad that they don't get healthy attention elsewhere!). And yet, they are the most infuriating people EVER, so as bad as I feel for them, I ultimately end up despising them, just as so many other people do. They are emotional vampires, feeding on the negativity and the sympathy they think it brings, and if you give into it, if you show any sympathy yourself, they will try to suck you dry. Ugh, I don't envy you having to work with someone like that, Katie, and I pray to the gods that your boss is able to give you Saturdays off permanently, so you never have to suffer her again! Arg!
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