I have noticed how the brightness of Saturn has changed over the past four/five months as it emerged from behind the sun and began to rise earlier in the morning. I remember doing the compare-the-variable-star-to-a-nearby-star-of-similar-brightness thing by looking directly between the two, and applying this little activity to Saturn and Spica. I remember, to get back to the point, how sometime back (a couple/few months) ago it seemed Saturn was just a touch fainter. Then, a few weeks ago I noticed there similarity in brightness was almost indistinguishable. And now, last night, I was outside, looked up at Saturn and was riveted by how Saturn clearly outshone Spica.
It is nice how the little ordinary things of stargazing can just grab one's attention and imagination.