I've just figured out how to turn google+ off entirely. It's well hidden, but possible. Feel happier with it gone.
I've started using an app called Sparrow to use Gmail on my macbook. I didn't like it initially but I like it more than the redesigned version of Gmail.
I've had to install a new, um, skin overtop of Google Reader to make it useable after the ugly redesign.
Maybe I'm getting grumpy in my old age ... but Google really is annoying me a lot lately.