I don't have a favorite animal, but if asked which I'd be I'd have to say sea otter, (due to sea otters' ability to build giant rafts of themselves and their loved ones tied together with seaweed).
What else? Favorite far-distant ancestor: the honorable Scottish outlaw Jamie MacPherson. Favorite family activity: telling stories. My three favorite first-person stories involve a copperhead, a supernatural thing, and a magical evening when I once put out a cigarette in a woman's designer purse that I thought was an art deco ashtray. All of which, I suddenly realize, feature compound words, and all of which I've told this summer! It's been a great summer -- I've spent a lot of time nourishing good friendships and making new ones.
Other things I love: roads -- country roads and city roads -- woods, mountains, bodies of water and my home. My home, and the desire to just drive. I've loved every home in which I've ever lived, even those that were not in nice places or easy times.