Finally got around to buying a copy of Golden Sun 2 for the GBA. I'm still monster harvesting in GS1 to try to get my characters to the point where they have every available spell in the game. That way when I import them into GS2, they'll be almost invinsible. I still need to kill something along the lines of a couple thousand monsters to get the necessary XP.
After I got home, I spent about 6 hours mowing the lawn. The property here is huge, 4 or 5 acres, and that's a lot of freaking grass. This was my first time using a riding mower, and I only got in trouble twice. Because of the heat and the rain, the place hadn't been mowed in a while, so the grass was knee high in some places. I got stuck on a old wooden beam that was buried in the grass and had to get help lifting the mower off it, and I accidentally ran over an extension cord (fortunately unplugged) and stalled the engine when it got wrapped around the blades. At top speed, the mower is about as fast as one of those Autopia cars at Disneyland (and with the blades disengaged, it sounds exactly like one too), but the grass was so thick and tall, trying to mow at that speed would bind up the mower blades so I had to crawl along most of the time. You'd think using a riding mower would be a breeze, but it's really quite tiring. There's no seatbelt, and the ground is pretty uneven, so I had to hang on for dear life. The controls are a bit madening, especially shifting into reverse. You have to apply the brake, disengage the blades, then shift. For some reason, it won't let you mow in reverse, it stalls if you try to engage the blades while backing up.
While mowing I disturbed a few field mice who went scampering for their lives. The grass was much too thick to see them until they bolted out into a freshly mowed section. I don't think I ran over any of them. The mower was more than loud enough and I was travelling slow enough they should have had plenty of warning. I still feel a bit bad about disturbing them.
I'm tired, dirty, and sunburned. I haven't had dinner yet, but I don't feel like cooking anything. I need a shower before bed, but I don't know if I can stay awake long enough.