The mystery that is Erica and Baxter is somewhat solved by the following interview. Enjoy!
Erica: That is a Boba Fett mask. Boba Fett is a bounty hunter in Star Wars. The picture was taken while on vacation in Disney World. I think it's pretty funny, which is why I used it as my avatar, though I'm sure it probably isn't.
Erica: Baxter is my dog, a 3 year old Shih Tzu. He's very cute and quite the snuggler. He is my furry life companion.
Naomi: You are making Aliyah to Israel next year-- a) why? b) how?
Erica: a) I wish I had a good answer to this question! It's very hard to explain how I feel- I guess I just really love Israel. When I got back I really missed the place, I was thinking about how I could go back as soon as possible. But then I realized if I went there, I would never want to leave, so why not just make aliyah? Makes it easier for Baxter to come with. b) I'm saving up money and talking to Nefesh B'Nefesh.