To be fair to callndrew, I think that given enough time he/she will definitely do more reading, shooting and learning on his/her own. But due to the time that YOG is here right now, TS just don't want to miss this historic event.
callndrew, i feel that it is easier to shoot first, ask questions later. As in analyse after the shoot, like how the picture can be improved, by looking at it yourself and by seeking advise from other viewers, need not be experts since different people have different opinions.
For your case, due to not being able to quickly learn your camera in and out, can i make a suggestion here? When i shoot my children at some theme park or whatever event, I set to auto/program auto and shoot like machine gun. a lot of people will laugh/frown at me for shooting without thinking, but end of the day, if i got a good shot, im happy.
I would leave the learning to other time or outing when you can afford the time. just my humble suggestion from a fellow newbie.