For the last couple of days I've been using Tor for general browsing again. It seems to have gotten a little easier. My work email is on Google Apps, and it was previously almost impractical to use Tor with Gmail. I think some people object that it defeats the purpose of Tor to use it for sites like Gmail, but I'm not aiming for total anonymity, just better privacy than I ordinarily have. Now the Gmail issue has gone away, it's no longer necessary to divide my time between it and another browser.
While updating a website today the exit node I was connecting through was blacklisted, but it was enough to change the Tor circuit in order to overcome that.
Tor has also proved to be fast enough for my needs. Something about it may eventually iritate me; but for now good.