I know how you feel...its a pain isn't it. But, it's free. The first it made changes to my blog I wanted to throw this computer across the room.
My feelings exactly!
johnnyb - it sounds like blogger is forcing you to use the new blogger. it's not that bad...once you get passed wanting to throw the computer across the room. i nearly flipped the day that they forced me to change - all of my background and links and whatnot were gone. but there is a button somewhere that lets you restore. anyway, it looks like you have already been able to restore as your blog looks the same as it always has.your friend,kymber
It's just that it is a pain in the ass! Why try to improve on what already works.