It took me a long time to pick an avatar, because I wanted it to mean something to me. I always have difficulty relating myself to another person, so people avatars are generally right out. Animals, on the other hand, I've always been able to relate qualities about them to myself. As such, many of my screennames have included an animal in them somewhere, and those had pretty obvious avatar choices. This is probably the first one that hasn't, to be honest.
"Precious Night Owl" is BlackRose's nickname for me, based on the fact that I am ... a night owl. 3:00am is my ideal bedtime, which isn't exactly conducive to my 8:00am classes. It occurred to me to use that for my avatar on E, since this is usually what I'm up to late at night. I love Snowy Owls, there's something majestic about them, and yet they're so silent. I tend towards that sometimes. I kind of have two sides and always have, the silly affectionate side that most people see around here, and the deep, sensitive thinker. To me the owl represents that side, that I don't usually voice on the forums. That way it's still here with me, and it reminds me also--due to the connection with a dear friend--that I'm loved. Actually, two friends ... since Caeli was kind enough to make it for me once I'd found a picture I liked. :)