CNN PRODUCER NOTE Alison Morin, 39, of West Bath, Maine, says she is stuck in a 'holding pattern' to get work done and then move into the house in the photo until her loan is approved, and she has signed an extension agreement to close on October 12. 'In the future, I would opt to not apply for a federally funded program. Ever.' She says she is frustrated but keeping her perspective intact. 'My story is a tiny example of how regular people are impacted by the shutdown. I don't for a second suggest we are the hardest hit. Yes, I am stressed out and frustrated but my situation is temporary once the shutdown is over my life will go back to being normal. There are other people whose normal will be impacted for far longer.' And she is thinking about the future. 'History repeats itself, we'll raise the debt ceiling and we'll go on with life. Our elected officials are not actually interested in improving our government so we won't learn from this exercise. I believe in empowering the people closest to the problem to fix it. I believe in continuous improvement by actually studying and understanding the work that is being done. I believe in metrics and good experiments. I don't think our government has the capacity to look at itself and say, "what can we do better?" and then have a real conversation and not launch into another polarized debate about something they think is important. I guess I am pretty jaded, I don't have any solutions just questions.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer