“It was just the right thing to do and we didn’t think much of it,” she said.
The pair enjoyed sailing on the harbour for a Christmas party before they were dropped off at The Spit in NSW with another couple who lived in Manly.
“We were there for only about 10 minutes before we took an Uber to drop our friends off before jumping on a ferry to the city before heading to the airport,” she said.
“We flew back that night and a week later, we got a message from the airline saying if you’ve been in the northern beaches, you have to be quarantined for 14 days.
“Luckily Travis works for himself so he’s clocked off and has been watching movies.
“I’m still working full time from home.”
Before knowing they would be free from self-isolation on Christmas Day, Ms Ford said the lonely Christmas with her fiance and two puppies would not stop her from celebrating the festive day.
“I’ve got my Christmas outfit all planned for the day and I will be cooking a nice lunch,” she said.
“We’ll also be drinking a lot to make the day go a little bit faster and video calling family members.
“It is a little bit sad being on our own but we normally spend Christmas with three different families in the one day so it will be relaxing this time around.”
However, within minutes of hanging up the phone with Brisbane Times, Ms Ford was told by Queensland Health she would be free to be surrounded by loved ones.
“I had no idea,” she said after frantically calling family members.
“I just wanted to double check all the details were correct and in doing so found out we can come out of isolation a day earlier than I thought as the 14 days include the day we were in NSW.
“Now half of the family is coming over for Christmas.
“We’ll be doing a proper Christmas with a vegan menu of mushroom pie, a vegan roast, Christmas puddings and heaps of chocolate.”
Ms Ford said this year had been mentally challenging but it had given her time to reflect on what was important.
“Before 2020, I had the biggest social life and this year forced to slow down and do nothing, which has been really nice,” she said.
“We are fortunate to not have been affected by COVID-19 but the uncertainty of it all has been hard to deal with. It’s been a crazy and draining year for everyone.”
Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at the Brisbane Times, covering breaking news.