I know the debian repos may be a bit stagnant with wheezy on its way, but is there something that I can/should do to install/enable intermediary/interim updates or are the mint update packs the only way to go?
You can do:
consider tracking Debian Sid like those in this threadviewtopic.php?f=198&t=70230
You can also add Debian experimental repos,
for me, I use Sid for a long time, and I used iceweasel ( Debian unbranded version of firefox) in experimental repos, it is at version 19 for a while, I read FF18 had slow response, but I did not experience the slowness on FF18 as well as iceweasel18 on several OSes.
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apt-cache policy iceweasel
*** 19.0~b3-1 0
500 http://mozilla.debian.net/ experimental/iceweasel-beta i386 Packages
1 http://ftp.debian.org/debian/ experimental/main i386 Packages
500 http://http.debian.net/debian/ unstable/main i386 Packages
Caveat: I do not know if you should do that ..
Because once you are tracking other than the official LMDE, there is no support from Mint, however, those people who posted in the link above might have discovered issues and resolution, because Debian Sid is more fast acting....
If you consider tracking Sid, you should always CLONE your OS before a major dist-upgrade.
so that if something break, and if you cannot repair, you can at least return to the last known-good conditions by reinstalling the Clone OS.