No matter where federal workers were employed, there were endless stories of concern about missing a paycheck.
"There is real stress due to the uncertainty of when it will end, and having to deal with creditors/mortgage payments/etc.," one member of the Coast Guard told me.
While most federal workers were missing a paycheck on January 11, the Coast Guard is still paid twice a month - as they hoped something might change on the shutdown before January 15.
"Trump is determined to separate working families from paychecks for his wasteful wall," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX).
While lawmakers in both parties agreed that Congress would - as has happened in previous shutdowns - approve back pay for federal workers, it still wasn't clear how long the funding impasse would stretch.
"If we're out for a long period, I wouldn't be surprised to start seeing feds leaving government," one worker told me.