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I'm shooting the D700, which is a few steps ahead of the D90 in some important ways. I shoot almost exclusively with manual focus Nikkor lenses and shoot either Aperture Priority or Manual Mode. The variable is available light. If there is sufficient light to keep the shutter speed high enough for the lens mounted, I shoot Aperture Priority. If I'm shooting with a long lens or if light is low, I'll shoot Manual Mode and set the shutter speed that will work with the lens mounted. I rely on the fact Nikon offers Auto ISO and that the D700 can handle high ISO well enough, that I let the camera make the decision based on aperture and shutter settings and what the light meter is registering. It seems rather silly not to take advantage of Auto ISO in my opinion.
Unfortunately, the D90 does not meter automatically with manual focus lenses. Later camera models come with what is called a non-CPU register that permits entering information including fastest aperture so that the camera can meter properly. I've known folks who use MF lenses on cameras without the register, but that requires a bit of trial and error, as well as reliance on the LCD.
Manual focus Nikkor lenses tend to be very reasonably priced, so you may wish to consider them as you continue your experiment. In my opinion, manually focusing adds immensely to the satisfaction of shooting. Yes, AF is essential for some circumstances, but MF will handle quite a few. You may wish to check out the ongoing conversation on this subject at what is the most active thread on the Nikon forum. Here's a link.
Manual Focus Nikon Glass
It is well over 4,000 pages of comments so you might want to check out the last hundred or so. There are participants from around the world.