Gnome 3 ? That's courageous...
It's growing on me. It is still way too cumbersome to really be useful though, and I prefer the direction KDE is going, which is really hard to admit being a long-time GNOME lover.
It's just nowhere near as good as Gnome 2 (and Gnome Classic is too buggy to be usable).
Have you tried MATE ore Cinnamon? Both are much more stable and user friendly than Gnome Classic IMO. The former is definitely the more mature/stable, but the latter is more feature rich. I believe they are both in the Ubuntu repositories, but don't quote me on that.
More Nicole deBoer. Nobody said you had to stop.
There's no such thing as "too much Nikki." Still my favorite Trek gal of all time.
Caitian is sort of making me itch to get back into the game.