Time constraints being what they are for us all, here are some links and my $.02 on the articles/information they connect to, sort of a digest, if you will, of prep-related stuff:
Finding yourself on a map online mini-class from Backpacker Magazine
Three levels of instruction, including commonly made mistakes at beginner and higher levels, which I thought was very valuable. Site also looks like a good source of general outdoors information...
15 tips for food storage shopping - just what it says, includes reminder about menu fatigue. Speaking of which, I pondered on alternatives to tomato sauce-based pasta dishes; might be useful to look at Alfredo and other herb and white sauce based versions to avoid relying totally on tomato sauce and thus the dreaded menu fatigue daemon.