So, okay, these things happen.
Except, recently, it's been happening a LOT, and it's kind of alarming. At least once a week and sometimes more frequently, I get home, or have some other reason to look in my pack, and I realize that I've been walking around for I-don't-know-how-long with my bag sagging wide. And despite my intention to take extra care after noticing this, it doesn't seem to be getting better. It's getting worse, in fact.
So I've been thinking about ways to improve my attention to zipping, bringing what had previously been basically an unconscious habit down into the realm of conscious practice. And it's been ... not really changing the situation at all.
You can imagine my relief, then, when last week, I once again found my bag unzipped, and when I zipped it up, I discovered that I had just UNzipped it. That it had been zipped before, but that the teeth of the zipper are failing, and it sometimes just comes open as I walk around.
It is going to be so much easier to replace my backpack than it was proving to be to replace my brain.