1. You need all the pp's to convert stuff at the fighting front for evac initially. Unless you're playing BigB, where you get 100 pp's a day, you probably won't be able to afford transferring Canadian LCU's for a long time. Air units are another matter. I can't get enough patrol squadrons, so I would consider getting the Canadian search aircraft into the game at some point, but again, it should be a while until you get your ducks in a row at the fighting front.
2. It takes me at least a couple of days. Check out the "Must Read" threads. Somewhere on here there is an excellent checklist on first turn orders.
3. Play in the wee hours of the night, or the wee hours of the morning, if not both. When the wife questions you, look astonished, then offended, and say "For God's sake woman! I've been paying bills, managing our 401k, following important politics and world events...." Deny, deny, deny. That way when she finds out the truth, she'll be relieved you're not sleeping around!