I had met Opera over a year ago, but we only got together when I needed to do browser checks for various websites because I already had a browser in my life.

Since I met Firefox I have been completely committed to our relationship, but when I heard Opera was now available (for free), I decided I should give it a fair chance.

We browsed through many websites together and I even added a few RSS feeds, but I swear I didn’t mean for it to get this serious. The affair only lasted a couple weeks and it just swept me off my feet so quickly. I didn’t even see it happening.

Now when I open Opera, even if it’s just a simple site check, I can feel my cheeks get flush and pangs of guilt rush over me because there is a deeper part of me that just wants to keep cruising the internet and close Firefox altogether.

It’s getting so hard for me to face Firefox, it has been so wonderful to me, and is still wonderful — but it’s been getting on my nerves recently. I know it’s mostly the fault of some plugins (and loading the bazillion plugins at launch time), but my patience is dwindling.

Opera is so fast and sleek and refined. What more could a girl ask for in a browser? But when I think of finally breaking it off completely with Firefox and give in to Opera’s repeated requests to be my “default browser” – I think of all the wonderful things that Firefox has and Opera doesn’t.

It took me nearly a year to get Firefox just the way I want it – Date/Time, Tidy HTML validator button, and AdSense earnings in the status bar. Developer Toolbar with custom set up. Lorem Ipsum generator, spell checker, and the list goes on.

Firefox is so familiar and comfortable, but Opera is new, exciting, and fast — very fast.

I feel so dirty and I know I will eventually need to stop splitting my time between the two, but I really want to have my cake and eat it too.

Alas, I guess I’m just fickle.